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Quality vs. Cheap Dentures: How to Tell the Difference

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When it’s time to choose your dentures, you want to make sure you’re making the right decision for yourself and your oral health. Because of the already high price patients face when they need dentures, many are drawn to the idea of finding the quickest, cheapest option available so they can get the process over with as fast as possible.

But saving a buck now could later lead to more expensive issues down the road.

At MyBite, we want each of our patients to understand the importance of having high-quality dentures. Today, we’re going to take a look at the differences you may find between cheap and high-quality dentures and the implications cheap dentures can have on your oral health.

We’re always ready to answer questions. If you believe that your dentures aren’t of the quality you expect, please give us a call today, and we can set about looking for solutions that best suit your needs.

How Do Your Dentures Feel?

Fitting your dentures is the most important part of the denture process. No matter the price point, any reputable denturist should take detailed measurements and impressions of your mouth to ensure the best fit possible.

If your dentures don’t fit properly, you may notice:

  • Sore or irritated gums
  • Difficulty eating or speaking
  • Stomach and digestive problems from difficulty chewing

In some cases, your jawbone may even shrink over time, so it’s crucial that your dentures fit your mouth.

It’s not uncommon for the fit of your dentures to change as you age, but you must visit your denturist for replacements or repairs as soon as you start noticing problems. This may be more of an issue if your dentures are made from cheaper materials, requiring you to have repeat appointments to find ways to make your dentures fit more comfortably.

Elderly couple smiling.

How Do Your Dentures Look?

One of the easiest ways to determine if your dentures are of the quality you expect is simply by looking at them. 

Your dentures should look as close as possible to your real, natural teeth and gums. This is especially important if you are wearing partial dentures since your natural teeth will be visible side-by-side with your artificial ones. 

With high-quality dentures from a reputable denturist, your dentures will be made to match your natural smile. This includes reviewing:

  • Colour samples for teeth and gums
  • Shape samples for teeth

While you wait for your dentures to be made, your denturist should also show you a wax model of what your dentures will look like, so you can be confident in the final product.

Key Differences in Cheap vs. High-Quality Dentures

When it comes to cheap vs. high-quality dentures, differences in fit and look will be the most noticeable. Some other features that come with higher quality dentures include:

  • Reduced staining
  • Improved durability
  • Superior impact resistance

The teeth on high-quality dentures are made of triple-layered acrylic, so they are prone to less wear and tear than other dentures.

High-quality dentures are also more personalized to match your unique smile, including your gums and teeth. With personalized dentures, you can expect a closer match to your:

  • Natural teeth colour, shape, and size
  • Natural gum colour
Infographic explaining the differences between cheap dentures and high quality dentures

The True Cost of Cheap Dentures

Ultimately, not everyone has the same budget when it comes to dentures. That said, you shouldn’t have to suffer the effects of ill-fitting ones. 

Your denturist should work with you to find a denture solution that fits your needs and your budget. Economy denture options should still fit your mouth properly, but may not be as customized to your tooth and gum colour, and may not be as durable.If you’re struggling to find dentures that fit your budget, be sure to speak to one of our denturists today. Our team will help you find the right materials for your dentures so you can live your life with comfort and confidence.

Written by Wade Klimpke

Wade Klimpke is a past President and long-standing member of the College of Alberta Denturists. Wade leads a number of industry working groups which help advance and monitor old, current, and new industry developments. This has allowed him to gain a number of industry relationships with implant dentistry suppliers in Canada and the United States.
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