When it comes to dentures, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths flying around out there. Here are just a few of the myths that often keep people from considering dentures:

1. Dentures Cost Too Much.

When it comes to your oral health and smile, you really can't put a price on it. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about and help you make quality first impressions, which is crucial when starting a new relationship or interviewing for a new job. Even if that weren't the case, dentures aren't as expensive as some people may think. There are many factors that play a role in determining the cost of dentures, including the dentist's location, additional services (extractions), denture materials used, and the warranty (if any) that's offered.

For the dentures themselves, you are likely looking at between $400 and $8,000 for a complete set. Don't let this discourage you, though, as insurance will often cover some of the costs. In addition, there are dental discount plans that you can purchase to help cut that price down and you may be able to work out a payment plan with your dentist to make the procedure more affordable for you.

2. Dentures Change the Way You Speak and Eat.

Yes, it is true that you will speak and eat a bit differently when you first put your dentures in. However, this is only because they are new to you and you need to adjust to them. Some words may be a bit harder to pronounce, just as some foods may be a bit trickier to eat successfully. Luckily, with a little bit of patience and hard work, it will all become a thing of the past and you'll be back to normal. If you continue to have problems, though, talk to your dentist, as your dentures may not be fitted properly. 

3. Dentures Are All the Same.

Some believe dentures are made from a single standard mold. However, this is not true. There are no two dentures out there that are exactly alike. This is because an impression is taken of your mouth and jaw so that the dentures can be custom-made to properly fit your mouth and your mouth only.

4. It Takes Forever to Adjust to the Dentures.

Yes, it is going to take some time to get used to new dentures. However, it isn't going to take forever. There will be some discomfort during the first two or three weeks as your oral tissues and facial muscles adapt to your dentures, but this doesn't take nearly as long as you would think. In no time at all, you will notice that you are feeling more comfortable and at ease with your dentures. If you continue to experience discomfort and the dentures are uncomfortable, tell your dentist because they may need to perform a small adjustment.

You really have nothing to worry about when it comes to dentures, which means you can finally get the smile that you deserve. Contact a local dentist in your area to learn more about the procedure and process of getting fitted for and receiving dentures.