Few dental appliances are shrouded in so much mystery as dentures. There are movies about dentures that come alive at night, and you probably had grandparents who were afraid to be seen without their false teeth. If your dentist has suggested that you get dentures, then you may be a bit hesitant because of some things you've heard about them. But in fact, many of the so-called facts and concerns about dentures are really just myths. Here are four myths about dentures.

Myth: Dentures make it hard to eat.

Many patients fear that they will never be able to eat their favorite foods again once they get dentures. But while you will have to restrict your diet slightly, treading lightly when it comes to really hard items like nuts and hard candy, for the most part as long as your dentures fit properly, you should be able to indulge in almost anything. If eating certain foods becomes tough, this is a sign that you need to have your dentures adjusted to fit better.

Myth: Everyone will know you have dentures.

A few decades ago, dentures did look pretty fake, and someone looking at you closely would have been able to tell you had false teeth. However, today's dentures are made to look so much more realistic. Unless someone is a dentist or dental hygienist, they won't realize you're wearing dentures after just looking at you or speaking to you. Yes, you may talk a little strangely for the first week or two after you get dentures, but this will subside shortly as you adapt and practice.

Myth: Dentures make your mouth sore.

If your dentures are making your mouth sore, that means they do not fit properly and are wiggling around. When your dentures fit, they should stay secure in your mouth and not cause any friction or pain. Today's dentures are also made with smaller portions to fit around your gums, so they are even less likely to cause irritation.

Myth: Dentures are expensive.

Dentures do cost money, but they are actually the most affordable tooth replacement option for most patients. They are certainly cheaper than a whole mouth full of dental implants! Many dental insurance policies also cover dentures, though they may not cover other tooth replacement options, meaning that you won't necessarily have to even pay for the dentures out-of-pocket. 

If you have any additional concerns about dentures, ask a dental specialist for more info.