I [21F] have had a full set of dentures since age 19. AMA!
I have a genetic condition called amelogenesis imperfecta (also called congenital enamel hypoplasia), which boils down to I was born without much enamel on my teeth. This made them very brittle. Despite brushing, flossing, and using a prescription mouth rinse 4 times a day, I was still left with cavities and dental abscesses almost constantly.
I have been in an out of the dentist all my life for various procedures and ended up giving in to the final option of dentures just a couple months after high school graduation.
Here’s a picture for as much proof as I can think of. I’m not interested in showing my face (hence the throwaway account), so if this doesn’t suffice please give me ideas of how I could help!
Link in case hyperlink doesn’t work bc mobile user: https://imgur.com/a/CjpitHM
Edit 1: alright y’all, I’m going to end the official AMA. I’ll still answer all questions that I can, but please forgive me if it takes a while to reply. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has asked me questions and shown support. it’s really nice to see so many people coming out to either show support or to express how they have a similar issue I’ll do a FAQ edit here in a bit.
Edit 2: FAQ
-Why not implants? My insurance didn’t cover implants at the time and we didn’t have the money to cover the out of pocket expense. As for now, I’m not interested in letting another drill near my mouth ever again.
-How do you clean them? I brush them with a kid’s toothbrush and kid’s toothpaste before letting them soak in water and denture cleaner overnight. I don’t need to floss them. I don’t think I even can floss them.
-What was the process like? My dentist did it in stages where he took the back teeth out at first, let it heal, and then took the front teeth out. He did the top completely and then did the bottom. When I say “front teeth” I mean canines and teeth in between. I had various impressions done to get jaw shape and whatnot after the back gums were healed enough, so the dentures were ready (save for minor adjustments) by the time I got the front teeth out. They paired the impressions with xrays and physical photos. I didn’t have walk around without teeth. This lasted over the course of a year and a half. We scheduled it where we would roll over into a new year so my benefits would reset and we had more to work with.
-How is eating now that you have your dentures? Eating is roughly the same as people normally eat, but I have to adjust in certain ways. For example, I can’t have certain brand of gum, I have to cut up apples, etc. All of this I got used to growing up due to needing to be careful to not break my teeth.
-What about... you know... My partner and I haven’t done anything without them in. He’s still new to this and I’m still self conscious. Maybe one day.