Pros And Cons of Flexible Dentures

Flexible dentures are comfortable, easy-to-clean, and natural-looking dentures. Unlike conventional dentures which rely on metal clasps or dental implants to provide stability, flexible dentures are thin and lightweight and rest comfortably in your mouth secured with invisible clasps that surround your natural teeth. Despite these benefits, they may not be a suitable choice for every patient. Learn more about the pros and cons for sets of partial flexible dentures.


Get a Perfect Smile With Flexible Dentures

At Future Smiles Denture Clinic we use the latest technology to create a personalized, comfortable solution for your denture needs. A new smile, on your terms. Heavy clunky dentures and invasive dental implants are no longer your only option. Feel confident with a smile you can trust, and explore the option of flexible dentures at Future Smile Denture Clinic today. Book an appointment or call us at 403-475-0016

Are Flexible Dentures Right For You? Here Are The Pros and Cons:

At Future Smiles we offer two brands of flexible dentures - Valplast and Flexilyte. Both are made with a plastic material that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Flexible dentures have many advantages, but are not appropriate for everyone. Here is a list of pros and cons to consider before settling on your type of dentures.


Flexible dentures have a softer base than traditional ones

A key difference is in how squishy and malleable the flexible dentures are. Since the base is made of plastic and does not need metal clasps to keep them in place, flexible dentures are generally softer to wear and less intrusive while you have them on.  

Denture base materials are affordable, lightweight, & comfortable

Compared to traditional rigid dentures, the flexible type can adapt to the constantly changing position of the jaw and micro-movements of the tongue while wearing dentures. Flexible dentures have a base made of biocompatible plastics while traditional dentures are made from acrylic. The new material is workable and nimble while still durable so it always feels comfortable to wear and doesn’t interfere with speaking, drinking, or eating. 

Aesthetically blend well with the rest of your gums 

Flexible dentures are cosmetically pleasing because they look like your natural gums. Instead of the highly visible metal clamps that traditional dentures use, the flexible types use either transparent or tissue-colored clasps to surround your natural teeth.


Not compatible for patients with a history of extensive periodontal disease 

Bacteria can form on the border of flexible ridges that commonly come into contact with food or beverage. And since flexible dentures are easily removed, frequent removal and replacement can increase the risk of contamination. Since bacteria can easily develop underneath the flexible dentures, patients at risk for, or with a history of gum diseases should be wary of using this type of denture.  

Cannot be used for complete set of dentures  

Another factor to keep in mind is that flexible dentures are best suited for patients looking to replace only a subsection of their natural teeth. If a patient is in need of replacing more than a subsection, or if they need a complete full set, then flexible dentures may not be the right choice. 


To Make An Informed Decision, Understand The Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexible Dentures

Flexible dentures can be a great option for replacing missing teeth. They are an alternative to dental implants that use clasps and metal posts to hold dentures in place on your gums. Instead, flexible dentures use comfortable, lightweight materials that sit neatly and unnoticeably. However, flexible dentures aren't suitable for patients that need to replace a full set of teeth or have extensive problems with gum disease. Understanding the pros, cons, and costs of flexible dentures will help you determine if this option is a good choice for you.

Future Smiles Denture Clinic offers a variety of denture solutions and services like flexible dentures, or denture rebasing, for patients in the Calgary area. Call us at 403-475-0016 or book an appointment online at either the North clinic or South clinic



Q: Are flexible dentures suitable for everyone? 
A: No, the patients that are most suitable are those who are looking for a partial set of dentures to replace a select amount of teeth and that have no unfavorable history with gum diseases.

Q: How do flexible dentures stay in place? 
A: Most use a transparent colored clamp to attach to surrounding teeth or have base material that matches the color of the gums that serves the same purpose.

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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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