Flexible dentures are a type of partial dentures meant to replace some of your missing teeth. These types of dentures are made from a different material than other partials, where they blend in more naturally with your teeth and tend to be more comfortable. However, there are also some drawbacks to be aware of. Here are some pros and cons of flexible dentures to consider.
Pro: They look invisible in the mouth
One of the top benefits to getting flexible dentures as opposed to traditional dentures is that it is much less obvious that you are wearing dentures. In fact, they often look invisible in your mouth, so when you eat or smile, someone who doesn't know you have them, would have no idea you are wearing a set of artificial teeth. The materials look more similar to real gums as opposed to using acrylic in regular dentures.
Con: You will pay a little more
Since you are getting a more advanced form of dentures, you should expect to pay a little more for them. If you need to replace missing teeth, but are on a tight budget, these might not be the best option for you. However, consider the fact that are many benefits to choosing flexible dentures and you might be more willing to spend the extra money. Consult your dentist about the price comparisons between these and a set of traditional partial dentures to find out exactly what the cost difference is.
Pro: The dentures are more comfortable
You might also notice that these dentures are more comfortable to wear and easier to adapt to than with regular partial dentures. The material used is thermoplastic nylon resin. This material is so flexible and soft because of how thin it is. You will find it more comfortable for just everyday wear, including when you are talking and eating. With partial dentures, it sometimes feels like the dentures are in the way and like they will shift when you eat or laugh. But that doesn't usually happen with flexible partial dentures.
Con: They take longer for the dentist to prepare
You will also be waiting a little longer for these types of dentures. Not only does the manufacturing process take a bit more time, but when they arrive, your dentist needs to adjust the material and polish them properly. They do this in sections to the type of material used, instead of a pressure-applied technique with traditional partial dentures.