Dentures for people of all ages
Having dentures (false teeth) fitted can breathe new life into your smile and make you feel more confident. And they are not just for older people – anyone of any age can have dentures fitted for a number of different reasons: gum disease; smoking; a medical condition; after an accident; too much sugar; tooth grinding; tooth decay/infection or poor nutrition; this list goes on.
Moving forward confidently
Made to look as natural as possible, no-one should be able to notice that you are wearing dentures – complete or partial – unless you want them to. Dentures shouldn’t hold you back from living your life, and any concerns you have can be eased by talking to friends, family and other young people with dentures.
At your appointments, you will be able to have your say on the colour and shape of your new dentures, so they look how you want them to. If you like, take an old picture with you for reference to help when it comes to choosing them – this way your dentist will be able to match your dentures to your natural teeth as closely as possible.
Dentures are made to fit comfortably over your gums, which will enable you to eat, speak and smile with confidence. Using a denture fixative can also help them feel more secure in your mouth.
1 in 5 adults globally have a denture (partial or complete)*, so it is very likely that some else you know will have a denture too - you just don't know it
There are many support networks for young people with dentures, which can help you feel more at ease when wearing them. You could speak to your dentist who can advise you on cleaning your dentures, and help make sure they fit correctly and comfortably.
Speaking with other young people in a similar situation may also help you feel at ease when wearing your dentures.
From going out with friends to enjoying time with family, wearing dentures should help you to feel more confident. If you want to, you may wish to share the fact you wear dentures with friends and family who can support you and help you to continue to live your life to the full.
Adapted from https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-au/expert-advice/living-with-dentures/life-with-dentures/, accessed July 2020
* GSK Data 2019 (Oral Health Care Omnibus study - Multi-country)