February is known for the warm and fuzzy feelings this time of year evokes. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of our patients here in Brooklyn, NY probably have plans to enjoy a day out or romantic dinner with their loved one. With this love-filled day fast approaching, it had us wondering how dentures affects romantic relationships. More specifically, how does wearing dentures affect those individuals that are still on the market? Dating can be pretty confusing and throwing dentures in the mix can make dating seem even more complicated. We’re sure that many denture wearers worry about how their date will react or how they will feel confident during their date. If these concerns sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. These are common worries that individuals with dentures can have. Fortunately, there are a few simple things to keep in mind if you wear dentures and are starting to date again. To explain further on this subject, Dr. Eugene Stanislaus gives the top five tips for dating with dentures.
Five Tips for Dating With Dentures
Remember That Your Date Probably Won’t Notice: For many denture wearers, they can feel hypersensitive about their smile. Your date looks at you and you may be thinking, “Oh, no! They can tell that I have dentures.” In all likelihood, your date will be completely clueless about your dentures unless the they are unnatural looking. This most likely won’t be an issue because they are typically made to resemble what your natural teeth looked like. They come in different shades of white, shapes, and sizes to seamlessly fit in with your other facial features. Keep in mind that this paranoia is probably all in your head and try to enjoy your date!
Practice Speaking: If you’ve had your dentures for a while, you won’t need to practice speaking with your dentures. However, it can be a good idea to practice speaking before your date if you’re relatively new to wearing dentures. You can practice by reading a book aloud or talking on the phone with a close friend. By the time your date rolls around, you’ll be a pro at speaking comfortably with your denture.
Use Adhesive: Want to seal the date with a kiss at the end of the night? Many patients that wear dentures can feel apprehensive about kissing with their dentures. All in all, dentures shouldn’t affect kissing at all if they fit properly. If you notice that they can move around a bit while eating or speaking, you can have some issues with kissing. However, it can be a quick fix; Simply use adhesive to firmly keep your dentures in place. If you notice excessive movement, you’re probably in need of a new denture and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Exude Confidence: We all have aspects of our physical appearance that we may feel self-conscious of. It all goes back to the way you carry yourself. Go into the date feeling confident and you have issues of anxiety or fear with your dentures.
Be Honest: Talking about your dental health is probably a subject that won’t come up over dinner. As far as first dates go, it’s probably unnecessary to tell your date about your dentures (unless of course you want to). However, we think that you should be honest with them if they ever ask or the subject ever comes up, especially if you become involved in a long-term relationship with them. Being honest will relieve some of the fear you have and chances are, your significant other won’t pay much mind to it anyway.
We think it’s important to note that if a date doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with you because of your dentures, it probably wasn’t going to work out anyways. Some patients even say that their dentures reveal the true character of potential boyfriends or girlfriends. After all, if a person truly cares about you, dentures won’t matter.
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Feeling insecure because of tooth loss? Scared to start dating because of the missing gaps in your smile? You can restore your smile and start dating with the help of dentures. Dentures are a cost-effective solution for tooth loss that can give you the confidence to show off your smile again. To start your process to gaining a complete smile, contact our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Stanislaus.