I have two upper partial dentures because most of my side teeth are missing. The metal clasps are shiny and new and reflect with the slightest hint of light or sunlight. Also, when I eat, sometimes I feel the metal rubbing on my gums. They would be less noticeable and more comfortable. I’m not sure why my dentist didn’t give me the option of getting pink clasps. I didn’t learn about it until a friend who has a partial told me. Is it possible to make the metal clasps pink, perhaps coating them with some pink plastic? Thanks – Stacie from Joplin, MO
Metal clasps on a removable denture partial need to remain flexible to fasten round the anchor teeth. Coating the clasps with plastic would make them bulkier. If the coated clasps didn’t break from your dentist’s attempts to cover them with plastic, they probably would not fit around your teeth. And they would be uncomfortable.
1. Decrease the Shine
Your dentist can decrease the shine on the clasps by sandblasting them with a micro-etcher or sending them to his dental lab to do it. You might be able to get it done at no charge or with a small fee.
2. Adjust the Clasp
But you also mentioned that the clasps rub on your gums when you eat. Your dentist can adjust the clasps to prevent rubbing.
3. Get Partial Dentures with Non-Metal Clasps
For our readers who need a new removable partial denture, some brands offer gum-colored or clear clasps for the denture. Valplast® and DuraFlex™ are two brands, but there are others. Non-metal clasps are sturdy and don’t detract as much from your smile as shiny metal. Ask your dentist about these options.
4. Ask About Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
Implant-supported partial dentures snap onto dental implants. Depending on your case, mini or standard implants can anchor a partial denture. If you’re interested in this option, find a dentist with advanced training in implantology and dental esthetics. You’ll receive quality implants and a natural-looking partial denture.
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