Many people find it difficult to keep their teeth from moving around. There are many products to hold false teeth in place, but what is the best adhesive for dentures?
Knowing your false teeth are going to stay in postion when you eat, laugh, or talk, is important. People with slack dentures will often be nervous that they will lose their teeth on a date, at a public gathering, or some other similar occasion.
Most will look to find some form of glue like fixative to keep their teeth in.
Your main options are:
- Cream Adhesive
- Adhesive Powder
- Adhesive Strips
Denture Cream Adhesive
Resembling a tube of toothpaste, cream adhesive is easy to use. The product instructions will tell you exactly how to apply.
Generally, you apply very small strips or dots of adhesive to specific areas. There is no need to go overboard as the product is designed to hold false teeth in place using small amounts.
Although flavored products are available, you can now find flavor free fixatives.
Denture Powder Adhesive
Powder fixatives have been around for a very long time. Although individual product instructions may vary slightly, they are generally the same.
After you have cleaned your false teeth, they are left damp and the powder is sprinkled onto the teeth.
Denture Adhesive Strips
There are a number of denture strip products, and while some come in small ready cut strips, others come in a larger piece and are cut to size.
One particular type comes in one shape for the upper palate and a different shape for the lower palate.
The strips are usually impregnated with the fixative, which is activated by the saliva.
This option is often preferred by people who do not like the sensation of the paste or powder.
Zinc In Denture Products
There have been many concerns, in the past, over products containing zinc. However, zinc free products are now commonly available.
You should always follow the manufacturer’s advice and instructions on using the product.
If you find that you need very large amounts of denture fixative to hold teeth in place, then you may need to have your dentures relined or replaced.
Although denture adhesive can make slack teeth fit better, the gums shrink as we age making dentures even slacker, and at some point new teeth may be required.
A tube of adhesive should last a considerable time, as you should only need a small amount to hold false teeth in place.
Dental strips are less messy, although they may need to be cut to size first.
Of course, many men and women will opt for permanently fixed teeth, to avoid such problems. However, not all budgets can stretch to dental implants and bridges, so they must rely on a temporary fix to keep their teeth in place.
As for which is the best adhesive for dentures, it’s a matter of personal preference. The product prices vary, but how long they last should also be taken into account.