If you're having problems keeping your dentures in place, then you may have tried using powders or wet adhesives to give your teeth some support. If this hasn't worked, then you'll need another solution. Denture adhesive strips are an alternative. How do these strips work and what are their benefits?
What Are Denture Adhesive Strips?
Denture strips are ready-made cushioned strips of an adhesive material. Some products are strip-shaped and fit around the base of your denture's teeth; others fit across your mouth between your teeth as well. To use these adhesives, you peel off the backing paper on a strip and then stick it to the appropriate part of the denture. When you put your denture in, the strip forms a bond between your teeth and mouth, holding your teeth in place more securely.
What Are the Benefits of Adhesive Strips?
Powdered or wet denture adhesives can be messy to apply. You need to get the right amount of adhesive in the right places to get a good sticking base. If you don't apply enough adhesive, then your teeth may not stick in place at all. If you use too much, the adhesive will ooze around your teeth and into your mouth.
Strips or cushions are ready-cut to fit your teeth, so you'll always get the right amount of sticking power. You won't have to mix up a powder or deal with a messy wet adhesive that is hard to apply in the right amounts. Plus, you may find that strips or cushions give you a better sticking fit. These products are also often slightly padded. This may make your dentures fit more comfortably in your mouth.
Will Dentures Strips Work For You?
If you've tried other adhesives without much success, then adhesive strips and cushions may be a better option. They're worth a try if you've tried alternative products that haven't worked. However, these strip adhesives won't work for everyone. While they give some dentures an extra support boost, they aren't enough to make some dentures fit securely enough.
For example, if your dentures are really loose and no longer give you a basic fit to work with, then you may not have any joy here either. To sort the problem out more permanently, you should see your dentist. Your dentist can evaluate the way your dentures fit — or don't fit — and will be able to help you find ways to make them fit better so that you don't need to use adhesives to get extra security.