Dating with Dentures

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A common concern among many denture wearers is how to date or start a new relationship. This is a legitimate concern because smiling, laughing, talking, dining out, even staying the night with someone for the first time, can cause anxiety if you wear dentures.

Many feel it’s best to be straight forward and forthcoming right from the start. That way you will relieve any tension for yourself, and you’ll have a true sense of the person you are considering dating. Do you really want to date someone who won’t understand your situation?

However, some choose to avoid the topic. They’re afraid to start the conversation and are apprehensive as to how the other person will react. They want to avoid a lot of questions and want the conversation to be about everyday topics – not their teeth.

It’s natural to be apprehensive when meeting or dating someone new, regardless of whether you’re concerned your teeth might fall out, or worse, that you will be rejected.

If you are a denture wearer, or considering dentures, and are apprehensive for these reasons; here are some tips and suggestions that might help:

If you meet someone for the first time and are concerned they will notice you are wearing dentures, keep in mind most people are not staring at your teeth. First impressions are more about what attracted them to you in the first place, your personality and/or the conversation. They may notice you have an attractive smile, but it’s doubtful they’ll be closely inspecting your teeth. So, at first glance, unless your dentures are poorly fitting or unnatural looking (if they are – come see us right away!) they will probably not notice anything out-of-the-ordinary.

How about when you laugh? When someone laughs, it’s not likely anyone is watching for something different in their smile. If your dentures are custom made and custom fitted, they should be similar to your natural teeth and will not be easily detected when laughing.

What if someone does catch onto the fact that you wear dentures, and they call you out on it? First, this is pretty rude and as originally stated, is this someone you’d really want to date? But if your date does discover you wear dentures, and they ask you about it, acknowledge it and take this opportunity to briefly tell your story. You’ll feel better and you’ll know what type of person they really are by their reaction.

Will dentures affect your ability to kiss? Well, that depends. Do your dentures affect your ability to eat or talk? Or are they moving around in your mouth or falling out in other situations? If so, there are solutions for that! This is a sure sign it’s time to go see your Denturist! We can suggest many options which will relieve this concern. Kissing should not cause your dentures to fall out or move.

Overall, dentures should not interfere with your dating life. Yes, you may meet someone who is uncomfortable dating you because of your dentures, but they might also be uncomfortable dating you because you because you’re bald, or tall, or don’t have a fancy car.

In general, when it comes to dating – for anyone – confidence and honesty are key. The more confident in who you are and the more honest you are with those you meet, the better your chances will be of meeting someone that’s right for you. If you appear to be self-conscious, that is the impression you will give.

Whether or not you disclose your dental status is your business. If you feel uncomfortable about your dentures and how they look or feel, that is something that can easily be remedied. With custom made, custom fitted dentures, you should be able to smile and laugh, and be confident with your teeth in any situation.

For those who want to discuss options for dentures, or whether they’re right for you, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation. Berlanga Dentures is a family owned, and family-run business. Which is why we think of you as part of our family. We are here to care for you and to help you find the best solution that suits you and your budget.

You might also benefit from reading our blog on Finding Support for Denture Mental Health and Anxiety, which you can find HERE.

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