Caring For Your Flexible Dentures: The Dos and Don’ts

Caring For Your Flexible Dentures: The Dos and Don’ts

In recent years, a new type of denture has been introduced to the market – flexible dentures. These dentures are made from an adaptable, nylon-like material that is designed to fit snugly over the gums, providing a more comfortable fit than traditional partial dentures. Flexible dentures are a popular alternative to traditional dentures because of this comfortable fit, as well as their natural appearance, and their ability to blend in seamlessly with your remaining teeth. However, like all dental prosthetics, they require proper care and maintenance to keep them looking great, fitting well, and functioning at their best. Let’s talk about the dos and don'ts of caring for your flexible dentures.

How To Take Care Of Your Flexible Dentures

Flexible Denture Dos

  1. Do clean your flexible dentures regularly: Just like natural teeth, flexible dentures need to be cleaned on a daily basis to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Use a soft-bristled brush and a mild denture cleaner to gently brush your dentures and remove any debris.
  2. Do rinse your flexible dentures after meals: After eating, rinse your dentures with water to remove any food particles that may have become trapped. This will help prevent bad breath and other oral health problems.
  3. Do soak your flexible dentures overnight: Take your dentures out at night and soak them in a denture cleaning solution to keep them clean and fresh. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for soaking times and cleaning solutions.
  4. Do visit your denturist regularly: Regular denture check-ups are important for ensuring that your dentures fit properly and that your oral health is good. Your denturist can also clean your dentures and make any necessary adjustments.
  5. Do store your flexible dentures properly: When you're not wearing your dentures, store them in a clean, dry container (only for short periods). Avoid exposing them to heat or direct sunlight, which can cause them to warp or discolour.

Flexible Denture Don'ts

  1. Don’t use abrasive cleaners: Abrasive cleaners can scratch the surface of your dentures and make them more susceptible to staining and bacteria buildup. Stick to mild cleansers that are formulated for dentures.
  2. Don’t use hot water: Hot water can cause your dentures to warp or lose shape. Always use cool or lukewarm water when cleaning or soaking your dentures.
  3. Don’t use bleach or other harsh chemicals: Bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage the material of your dentures and cause them to break down over time. Stick to denture cleaning solutions that are specifically meant for use with flexible dentures.
  4. Don’t try to adjust your dentures on your own: If your dentures feel uncomfortable or loose, don't try to adjust them yourself. This can cause damage to the denture and may even harm your gums. Instead, schedule an appointment with your denturist to have them professionally adjusted.
  5. Don’t wear your dentures while sleeping: It's important to give your gums a break from your dentures, so don't wear them while sleeping. Instead, soak them in a denture-cleaning solution overnight.

To learn more about your options for flexible dentures, read What Are Flexible Dentures?.

Protect Your Flexible Dentures

Taking proper care of your flexible dentures is essential for maintaining their appearance, function, fit, and longevity, as well as your overall oral health. By following these dos and don'ts, you can keep your dentures looking and feeling their best for years to come. 

If you aren’t sure if flexible dentures are the right choice for you, speak to a Calgary denturist at Future Smiles Denture Clinic. We will discuss your goals for tooth replacement and determine which type of dentures are ideal for your lifestyle and budget so you can get the best dentures for your needs. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Who can’t use flexible dentures?
A: Flexible dentures are only made as partial dentures, so a patient needs some natural teeth to hold the dentures in place. Flexible dentures are also not recommended for people who have a history of extensive periodontal disease.

Q: How long do flexible dentures last?
A: Flexible dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 8 years, but their lifespan can depend on such things as the patient's oral hygiene habits, the amount of wear and tear they experience, and how well they are maintained. It is important to clean and care for flexible dentures regularly to ensure they last as long as possible.

Q: Can I eat normally with flexible dentures?
A: Yes, you should be able to eat normally with flexible dentures. They are designed to be comfortable and functional, and should not restrict your ability to eat or speak. However, it is important to follow your denturist's instructions and start with softer foods while you adjust to your new dentures.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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