We are aware that often more mature people find love second time around.
That’s good news. But the age bracket of many of those lucky lovers puts them right in the denture zone. Now that’s scary news.
Dating with dentures – it’s one of those taboo subjects that people won’t discuss – but we know it’s a real issue. Just Google ‘dating with dentures’ and take a look online.
We are not agony aunts at the Denture Clinic, but we would like to offer some reassurance to those who may be concerned that wearing dentures could affect their dating life.
Dating with dentures
Let’s have a clinical analysis for one moment: Dating would probably involve the following . . . Smiling, laughing, talking, more talking, more smiling, more laughing, eating a meal and kissing.
It’s hardly surprising there can be so much anxiety associated with the prospect of a date when you’re wearing dentures.
‘Denture wearer in mid-50s seeks loving lady for a meaningful relationship etc., etc.’
We can only imagine how awkward it could be. Can you image a dating agency advert reading: “Denture wearer in mid-50s seeks loving lady for a meaningful relationship etc., etc.”
It’s never going to happen.
Let’s assume the denture wearer has total confidence in their prescription. No sore spots, no lower or upper stabilisation issues, no bite alignment problem and the smile is just stunning.
What happens when the smile gets a compliment? Does it naturally open up a denture dialogue? For some, we think it probably would, but for many more, it would be far too private and a ‘let’s change the subject quickly’ moment.
Having quality dentures that look stunning and function correctly certainly helps, but sadly, the stigma remains and can easily hijack an intimate moment.
Commonsense tells us that it’s totally natural to be apprehensive in taking someone up on the offer of a meeting for lunch.
Will they know I’m wearing false teeth?
Loose dentures – the passion killer
Consider this: Our media man has worked with us for more than a decade. He’s interviewed patients aplenty and become aware of the finer details of our prosthetics production here in our onsite lab in North Street. In one meeting we went through a gallery of pictures that promoted dentures. I asked him to pick out the teeth that were real and those that were false.
After working closely with us for years, he spectacularly failed to get it right.
Most people are not on the lookout for denture wearers. As much as it may seem that your date is determined to detect your dentures, that’s almost certainly not the case.
Can they detect it when you are laughing, eating, drinking, and smiling? We’d doubt very much, especially if the dentures were hand-crafted like our own – natural is our hallmark.
So, what about kissing? Will they know? We have no idea, but we do know that poorly performing dentures will affect your ability to kiss. If your dentures affect your ability to eat or talk and eat, they are also likely to be unstable whilst kissing.
Loose dentures, we’re sure will be a passion killer.
Living with dentures
Overall, dentures should not interfere with your dating life. Life skills tell us that people are either going to want to pursue you or they’re not – with or without dentures.
For too many people we have witnessed how confidence has been eroded by failing dentures. Some are well-educated, professional people, others are retired – there’s no respecter of persons with denture problems.
Confidence is everything – confidence to be yourself, confidence to chance a new relationship, confidence to trust in your dentures.
Don’t forget, if you’re struggling with your dentures, make an appointment with our Practice Principal Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS(Eng). All first consultations are complimentary.