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Flexible Dentures: What Do They Offer?

Jan 3, 2022 | Denture, Valplast Flexi Dentures

Flexible dentures are said to be the next best thing if a patient doesn’t want to try out regular dentures. Why? Because the product rids itself of the problems that come when owning or using regular dentures.

Let’s look at all the qualities of Flexible Dentures that trumps those found in regular dentures:

Comfort – the tough and rigid exterior of regular dentures makes it uncomfortable especially for new users. Well, a flexible denture replaces this tough exterior with a flexible one those allowing it stretch accordingly.

No More Slipping – because its foundation is a lot more flexible, this allows the product to cling to the gums better than regular dentures. The latter has always had this problem of setting loose especially in times of chewing or speech.

Aesthetic – since the material of a flexible denture is clearer, this allows the natural color of your gums to show. A more natural look equals a better aesthetic overall.

The basics of flexible dentures

Most dentures are made from metal or a hard resin. This has both benefits and drawbacks. Traditional dentures are durable and don’t need a ton of care. They have a strong base that holds its shape. But they take some getting used to, as they often have to be held in place with the cheeks and tongue. They often require adhesive to make sure they stay in place. And hard dentures are brittle. If they’re dropped or smacked hard enough they’ll shatter and become unusable. Metal dentures are more durable but less comfortable.

If you only have a partial denture, you can use a flexible nylon one instead. This has several advantages. They don’t take as long as regular dentures to manufacture. If you drop them you don’t have to worry about them shattering.

Flexible dentures tend to hold to the gum better than regular dentures, and often don’t need adhesive or other measures that are used to hold on traditional styles. They’re also the best option for people that are allergic to the materials in traditional dentures. Others might have difficulty opening their mouth enough to insert a regular denture. Flexible dentures may be the only option.

Dr. V. Ananthasayanan
Dr. Ananthasayanan qualified from Sheffield University. Mr. Sayanan has over 40 years of experience in dental practice. His special interests are advanced cosmetic dentistry include, Veneers, Crown and bridgework, Composite bonding, modern removable dentures and root canal therapy.

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