How flexible partial dentures can improve your smile?
Flexible partial dentures are soft, clear bases which allows gums to show through. Flexible denture replaces a single or a few teeth rather than a full set of teeth and is used as a temporary solution while waiting for a more permanent fix. They are made with thermoplastic material such as nylon which is more flexible compared to porcelain, resin and chrome cobalt metal, making them a comfortable fit for the patients. No attachments or clips are needed to hold these dentures in place. Many patients prefer flexible dentures because they are strong, rigid and feel lighter.
Types of flexible partial dentures
Flexible dentures are one of the types of partial dentures which are more flexible and softer than conventional dentures. The types of flexible denture are:
- Valplast: Valplast dentures use a biocompatible nylon thermoplastic. It claims that they adapt effortlessly to constant movement in the mouth. They are made from a flexible plastic which is completely different to the normal acrylic material used in traditional dentures. It is the cheapest flexible dentures and alternative to permanent tooth replacement.
- FlexiLytes: FlexiLytes is one of the lightest, most durable materials ever created for dentures. Made from nylon they are strong, biocompatible and are claimed to be long-lasting.
- Flexites: Flexites are made of elastic nylon resin which is more flexible in comparison to plastic of a regular denture. The benefit of this type of denture is that it is easier for the wearer to adjust.
- Sunflex: Sunflex flexible dentures is a brand of denture which offers a virtually invisible base that’s durable and metal-free. These dentures are more stain resistant compared to others and can also be relined and repaired.
Benefits of flexible dentures
The following are the benefits of flexible partial dentures:
- Very natural looking: When it comes to any dental work they may need to improve overall oral health and how they look when they smile. Patients these days look for a more natural-looking solution. Flexible dentures are aesthetically appealing compared to other normal dentures and are easy to get adapted to.
- Strong and durable: Flexible dentures are made to be strong and durable as they need to be able to hold up well every single day as people perform their everyday activities like; chewing, talking and smiling.
- Very comfortable to wear: They are custom-made for each patient, to provide them with a comfortable fit. Flexible dentures are also light in weight and are comfortable to the soft tissues inside the mouth. Flexible dentures can easily blend in with the rest of the teeth.
- Easy to care for: Taking care of flexible dentures is easier as they require similar cleaning just as the natural teeth. It is essential for the wearer to rinse the dentures to remove any food particles that are stuck on the dentures.
Disadvantages of flexible dentures
Here are some of the disadvantages of flexible dentures:
- It can cost more than traditional dentures.
- It doesn’t offer the bite strength of dental implants.
- It can be prone to bacterial buildup.
- These dentures have a shorter lifespan in comparison to other normal dentures.
- They are difficult for inexperienced dental professionals to fit and adjust.