Having dentures in your 20s or 30s is not uncommon. If you need dentures or already have them, you are not alone. In fact, there are many more young people with dentures than you think. Some of the reasons you may need dentures are tooth loss from gum disease, tooth decay, genetic predispositions to tooth loss, ectodermal dysplasia or trauma.George Washington lost his teeth in his 20s so you’re in good company if you need dentures in your 20s. Today we have much better medical practices than George Washington had. However, we are also exposed to many more processed foods with high sugar content. Furthermore, some people, generally those who grow up in low-income families, do not have access to good nutrition, dental insurance or dental care throughout their childhood into early adulthood. In these cases, dentures could offer a solution to decaying teeth or tooth loss due to gum disease.
Physical trauma is another reason for needing dentures at a young age. Unforeseen circumstances such as car accidents, sports injuries, and physical abuse could lead to chipped teeth or loss of teeth. Take your life into your own hands by meeting Dr. Dunayer for a denture appointment.
The stigma about dentures being for older people might concern you if you need dentures in your 20s or 30s. From what we see in the media, dentures are almost always associated with older people. This is due to the stigma of taking out your dentures at night. This might feel uncomfortable or embarrassing if you’re dating someone new.
Young people with dentures have other options beyond the traditional removable types. Implant dentures anchor your new teeth to your jaw so you can feel confident while retaining the feeling of natural teeth. Much like veneers, implant dentures are permanent fixtures that make your smile beautiful. With dental implants, you will eat, sleep, and enjoy your life with ease. Your dental implants will give you the confidence you need both for first dates and job interviews.
Why Wait For Dentures?
It’s important not to wait to get dentures. When you avoid dentures, it causes more harm to your teeth and your appearance than you might think. When you avoid necessary dental care, your mouth and jaw are at stake, which will negatively affect your future. A snowball effect of bad teeth can occur and cause gum disease, bone damage or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
When it comes to your appearance, dentures could actually help you avoid the stigma of being unhealthy or unhygienic. A 2016 study in the UK set up two identical dating profiles on a dating app to measure performance. The only difference in the profiles was that one photo showed a missing tooth while the other did not. The study found that people were 60% more likely to message the profile with good teeth over the other.
On the other hand, if you don’t smile often, people may perceive you as untrustworthy. According to psychological testing, genuine smiles send messages of trustworthiness and readiness to cooperate with another party. As a young adult, the experiences that will shape your future are happening now. Help yourself by gaining self-confidence and alleviating the pain of bad teeth.
Replace Your Missing Teeth
If you feel unhappy with your current smile and would like to replace your missing teeth with dental implants or dentures, please contact our dental office in Rockland County, NY for a consultation with Dr. Dunayer. It’s time to regain your smile and boost your confidence. Give us a call at (845) 627-7645 or schedule an appointment online.