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What Denture Wearers should and need to know

Dentures last from 5-10 years

First-time denture wearer? Had them before but are not happy with your original set? The world of dentures and tooth replacement isn’t always as clear and straightforward as you need it to be. Read this guide to discover how to get used to fake teeth and your alternative options that don’t necessarily break the bank.

When it comes to dentures, the talk can be quite negative. Suddenly, you’re faced with all the things you cannot do, and a life of limitations rolls out in front of you like a red carpet. 

As dentists, we know dentures have problems, but we also understand that certain patients on a budget might feel forced into the decision. If this is the case, discover different ways to pay.

What it’s really like living with dentures?

  • Conventional dentures rely on suction to stay in place (not always the reliable option). The other alternative is to be held in place using dental adhesives.
  • The inability to no longer eat hard or chewy foods. Diet restriction can also cause further health problems.
  • As dentures are removable, they cause movement and are less convenient than fixed implant solutions that stay in like natural teeth.
  • False plastic teeth can feel unnatural, not to mention uncomfortable causing a gag reflex in some patients.
  • Dentures require a special, time-consuming daily cleaning routine, which requires you to keep taking out your dentures, reminding you of your absent smile.
  • Dentures can become ill-fitting, which impairs speech causing slurs, lisps and sores.
  • Dentures take around five years to show considerable wear and will need replacing.
  • Wearing dentures daily causes an acceleration in jawbone loss, which consequently creates an aged appearance due to facial sagging.
  • Food often gets trapped under dentures, and when decays leads to bad breath.
  • An increase in low self-esteem, lack of confidence and avoidance of certain social situations and scenarios.
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How much do dentures cost?

Now, the cost of dentures will vary, depending on whether you get them privately or via the NHS. Secondly, prices vary depending on the material used and the extent of teeth missing from the mouth.

As a general overview – our denture costs are:

Our patients can pay for their treatment in multiple ways:


denture options & alternatives to wearing dentures

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Acrylic Dentures (partial & full)

  • From £850
  • Made from plastic
  • Replace every five years
  • Palate-covering
  • Prone to accidents
  • Limited speech
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Chrome Dentures

  • From £1,100
  • Very strong
  • Long-lasting
  • Made from metal
  • Can cause facial sagging
  • Bone loss
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  • From £4,900
  • Removable
  • Snap-in dentures
  • Porcelain dentures
  • Less movement and no slippages
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  • From £16,000
  • Dentures you can wear all the time
  • A life-changing dental solution
  • The closest solution to natural teeth

Denture overview

We all know someone who wears dentures – and we also know how they feel about them. Often a topic of amusement, denture wearers over the lifetime have to put up with jokes, embarrassing moments and a never-ending fear of their dentures coming loose at the wrong moment. 

Dentures like acrylic dentures are low-costing because the false, artificial teeth used do not mimic natural teeth so well. Typical dentures are either made from plastic, nylon or metal. Still, recent technological advances mean that patients can access several new types of dentures, which offer a better quality of life.

Denture dentists with little experience in implant dentistry might recommend dentures in the following situations:

  • Ongoing dental pain, tooth decay
  • Gum disease spreading through the mouth
  •  Multiple tooth loss or following tooth extraction

Want a second opinion? Get one from Maida Smiles in West London, who work with both dentures and implants on a daily basis.

Getting used to wearing dentures

Your biggest concern about wearing dentures is likely going to be around how they look and feel in your mouth. Will you notice them always, or get used to them?

Every first-time denture wearer will experience how strange it will feel to have dentures fitted for the first time. Patients can expect sore, irritated gums (especially at first as they rub). 

Some rules to follow:

  • Do not wear dentures overnight (keep them stored in a damp container or a glass of water).
  • Eating certain foods will be difficult, so stick to soft foods and gradually experiment with some harder textures.
  • Give yourself time! The tongue and cheek muscles will get used to accommodating your false teeth in time, and speech and eating will get easier.
  • Palateless dentures do not cover the roof of the mouth, but with some dentures, where the palate is covered the ability to taste will be diminished and more saliva will be produced than normal. 
  • Painful dentures will need to be addressed immediately.

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Caring for dentures

Keeping your dentures clean to preserve your oral health as best as possible under the circumstances can be a task. Dentures must be taken out twice daily and cleaned with a toothbrush to remove food residue. Rinsing them after every meal will also be essential in your pursuit of keeping them clean.

Plus, according to your manufacturer, they must be disinfected daily according to the instructions provided. By doing this, you’ll be putting yourself in the best position to protect against infection and soreness.

  • Handle dentures with care.
  • Avoid cleaning them over a hard surface.
  • Dentures will need to be deep-cleaned by a denture dentist every so often to remove stubborn stains.

Helpful tips

  • Dentures can stain! Drinking tea and coffee will discolour your dentures.
  • Dentists can use acrylic resin to improve the fit.
  • When dentures are removed, it is advisable to keep them in water – this will prevent them from drying out and changing shape.
  • If your new dentures make you gag, toothpaste on top can help you manage this.

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.