Maintaining a regular routine to properly care for your flipper won’t be difficult. But remember that the first few weeks will be an adjustment period, where you’ll have to learn how to wear it and start feeling more comfortable.
Your dental professional will guide you through the process, help you with all the required steps and offer treatment when there is an issue. However, we collected the following general tips to help you with your routine.
First, try to treat your dental flipper just like any other retainer. Remember to clean it daily to avoid plaque formation by any bacteria or food particles that remain on your flipper.
Of course, don’t forget to care for your natural teeth and remember to brush them and floss before you wear your flipper.
To clean your dental flipper, use a denture brush (soft-bristle toothbrush) but be careful never to use toothpaste.
Instead, use a denture cleaner or a mild soap (hand soap or dishwashing liquid), which is also acceptable, as ADA suggests. Before placing it back in your mouth, ensure to rinse it off carefully.
Another thing to remember is that, generally, flippers are not intended to be used while eating. However, some people have learned how to eat while wearing it.
Our suggestion here is to try and avoid this practice or at least be extremely careful as the chance of breaking it during a meal is high.
A dental flipper is also easy to dry when you’re not wearing it. So try to keep it moist to avoid any breaks or poor fitting. Remember to soak in a proper solution or water (not hot) each time you take it off.
If your dental flipper doesn’t fit well or is causing you any discomfort and pain, don’t try to fix the issue at home. Instead, please schedule an appointment with your doctor so they can take a look and offer you proper care.
If you’re not convinced yet about dental flippers and still looking for a different option, here is what you might also consider and discuss with your doctor:
- Cast metal partial dentures
- Flexible partial dentures
- Snap-on veneers