Briefly, I will discuss information about the company and dentures. Next, I will talk about my experience with Smile Again Dentures, and I will add some photos of me with my brand new teeth.
A bit about the Denturists and the business
Smile Again Dentures, owned and operated by Michael Adkins and his son, Joe Adkins, has been in existence since 1951. The office is now located at 801 Webster Street in Lewiston, Maine.
If you are looking for dentures that look beautiful, are made with expertise and ones which fit great, Smile Again Dentures is the place for you.
For more information about Smile Again Dentures, the history and the Denturists and dentures, visit http://www.smileagaindentures.com/index.html
Top teeth and bottom teeth (full dentures and immediate dentures) will be made for you, depending on what each person needs done. Relining, rebasing and repairing of dentures are done at Smile Again Dentures as well. Mr. Adkins and his son want you to have that Colgate smile you deserve, and they want you to be able to eat just about anything. Live life to its fullest extent without worrying about how you look or what you can eat.
If you have previously had full extractions and need a complete set of dentures, you can have a brand new set of teeth within 2-3 weeks.
Are you worried about the finances? Smile Again Dentures understands about financial strains and the company wants you to relax about that aspect as well. The office has a variety of payment options and a payment plan. Additionally, dental insurance assistance is available there too. For those who have Maine Care, Smile Again Dentures does not accept Maine Care. The payment plan allows people who are in the low income status to pay half and make payments for the balance due.
When you enter the building of the denture business, there is a small waiting room and the appointment desk window. You will also see the denture lab.
First, you will have a free consultation at Smile Again Dentures. At that time, all your questions and concerns will be addressed by Michael or Joe Adkins, whomever you make the appointment with.
Generally, there are four appointments, counting the free consultation, within 2-3 weeks.
The second appointment will involve impressions of the gums. Some people do well with this part of the visits, but some people do not like it. Whomever you have your appointment with will talk you through every second of the impressions.
The third appointment involves trying on what is called wax gums with teeth in them, just to make sure the dentures will fit right. Again, the Denturist will explain the details about this visit before hand and during the appointment.
The final time you go to Smile Again Dentures, you will receive your dentures, top and bottom, or whichever set you have elected to get.
I am very pleased with my brand new dentures and how I was treated at Smile Again Dentures. I saw Joe Adkins, and every time I went to my appointments, he was on time and pleasant. Of course, when I first went, I did not have any teeth at all and was quite concerned about how I looked. After I was there a few moments, I knew that how I looked was not a concern. They treat everyone with the utmost of respect and make all patients feel relaxed.
Learning to eat and talk with your new teeth
Generally, it can take 2-3 weeks for a person to learn how to talk properly and eat with his or her new teeth. Some people get frustrated with their lower teeth. It is normal to have issues with the bottom ones, and Joe or Michael Adkins will explain that at one or more of the appointments. Personally, I could not eat without my bottom teeth in, so I am determined to make them work.
I had a tiny issue with my bottom dentures and made an appointment with Joe Adkins. He listened to my explanations about what was occurring and checked them out, made some adjustments, and they fit a lot better now. Before the adjustments were made, I was putting Fixodent on them before each meal.
After that appointment, I did not have to use the Fixodent for an entire day. I ate three meals and my bottom dentures did not budge one bit while I chewed my food. The main item to keep in mind is, do not have expectations and accept everything as it goes. My top teeth fit great and look outstanding, and they feel good too.
The Denturist is a great asset to the dentistry industry, but he/she is not a miracle worker. In other words, they do their very best to make dentures for people, ones that feel good in the moth, fit right work well and look great, but everyone’s gums are different, so there may be times when only so much can be done, as far as new teeth and each person’s gums are concerned.
For me, I consider this experience a miracle and the Denturist is a miracle worker, because I can go outside my home and look normal again, and I can eat just about anything. I can actually eat peanut M&Ms now, and I could not eat peanuts when I had my natural teeth, but there is a trick to eating tougher foods. I tried to chew one with the front teeth, and that did not work well for me. I decided to place the peanut M&M into the rear side of my mouth and chewed it with that side of my dentures. That process worked well for me.
The first day with your New Teeth
When I headed home with my new dentures in, I decided to buy some French fries and try those. That was a mistake. I can eat them now, but it is recommended to start out with soft foods, and I do not mean pudding or Jell-O. I am sure that if you have gone without teeth for a while, you are quite tired of pudding and Jell-O and soup, right?
Try cooked macaroni or cooked spaghetti, only cut the spaghetti up small. Pasta is soft, and you can train yourself how to chew properly with that choice of food as your first meal. I try to chew in the front and on each side, at the same time, but when you initially attempt to eat with your dentures, you will want to take one small bite at a time. Learn how to chew first. If you put too much food into your mouth, some food will be floating around in your mouth, and you will not know where it went, at first. Believe me, I thought I would starve the first day, and I wanted to take the teeth out and eat with my gums, but I decided to stick with it. You will too.
Learning to talk will take a few days. Joe Adkins told me to talk a lot, in the mirror or to my better half. He thanked Joe for that, because I did not shut up for a week. I learned how to talk better though, before going out into the public. Be patient with yourself and you will get the hang of it. Don’t give up, and if you ever need anything, even encouragement, call Smile Again Dentures, and they will help you.
Thank you, Smile Again Dentures, for my nice Colgate smile and the ability to eat and live life to its fullest.