Flipper Teeth For Adults And Kids

What are Flipper teeth?

Flipper teeth are types of temporary false teeth that are designed very much like an orthodontic retainer.  It is clasped to the mouth with the use of  wire clasps that are strategically cured into the denture base structure, naturally pink in color to resemble the natural base structure of the mouth. They are completely removable and designed for the dental structure of each patient. [4]

What are Flipper teeth made of?

Flipper teeth are made up of acrylic resin, the same material which is used in the manufacture of standard full dentures. This material is preferred because it is strong. It is cosmetically appealing because it closely resembles the natural color of the tooth. A recent improvement over the standard acrylic structures is called valpast and is gaining in popularity.[2]

Who are recommended to wear flipper teeth?

Those who have lost a single tooth or have 4 or more missing teeth which have natural teeth in between them may wear flipper teeth. This type of  partial denture will conveniently replace the missing teeth and clasp it in place using wire clasps, so you can still flash a perfect set of teeth every time you smile.  Often, celebrities use flipper teeth if they are in the middle of a production and cannot wait for permanent dentures. [2]

Difference between flipper teeth for kids and flipper teeth for adults

Flipper teeth are ideal for anyone who wants immediate partial denture without having to spend a fortune on it.  Temporary partial dentures, like flipper teeth, are sometimes  recommended for kids with front tooth damage, since they are still waiting for permanent teeth to grow  in a few months time. some children humiliated going to school without a tooth so parents ask dentists  to help them remedy this dental problem. [5]  Flipper teeth are also important for some adults because it costs too much to pay for a dental implant.  Therefore, they prefer to use this type of partial denture.

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How are flipper teeth made?

People who need or choose to use flipper teeth are advised to work with their dentist to make the best decision based on your overall oral health. Your dentist will create an impression of your teeth. That becomes the  pattern of the tooth that has to be replaced. Then the dentist constructs the plaster cast where the acrylic tooth or teeth will be placed.

The dentist sends the particular specification for your flipper teeth to the dental laboratory where the actual flipper teeth are made.  The next step is when the dentist fits it into your mouth properly and assures a good fit.  Instructions for the care of flipper teeth are also provided. [3]

How much do Flipper teeth cost?

At an average, flipper teeth cost $300 to $500. The prices vary widely because of the number of acrylic teeth that are required and which type of material will be used.  The addition of wire structures to secure the flipper teeth in place will add to the cost.   Nevertheless typical dental flippers are secured by simply snapping the pink acrylic between their teeth.  In some countries, flipper teeth may cost less than $100.

What are the advantages of Flipper teeth?


Flipper teeth are very convenient to use.

Less time of fabrication

You can easily request it from your dentist who may provide the specifications to the dental laboratory without significant difficulty. As a result, you can quickly wear this partial denture in time for a big event or occasion you are planning to attend. It takes a lot less time to make them than it does to make full dentures or to complete dental implants.

Improve aesthetics

Many parents consider this for their kids. Particularly for beauty contests or stage performances or public events.  It allows the child or adult to maintain a pleasant smile even if she may have lost one of her front teeth. It is a relief to know that you can take advantage of this type of dental innovation.


Aside from the convenience that flipper teeth bring, it is also preferred by many because of its affordability.  While dental implants and dental bridges may be more secure, these cosmetic dentistry solutions will cost you more than a thousand dollars. Not many patients have the luxury to pay this amount.  Flipper teeth will cost only $300 to $500 and with a bit of extra care, you will have your complete set of teeth once again. This will allow you time to save up for either full dentures or dental implants.


A major advantage you get using flipper teeth is flexibility.  If you lose another tooth within the year, the dentist can use the existing base structure and simply add an acrylic tooth into it and can replace the missing tooth. This makes flipper teeth an immediate partial denture that anyone would enjoy.  It is economical  and cosmetically appealing.

What are the disadvantages of Flipper Teeth?

It is difficult to chew with flipper teeth.  They do not have stable bridges which are provided by dental implants and bridges. Some people choose to remove their flipper teeth while eating at home.

Another concern is the difficulty of concealing the clasp wires . Some people might choose flippers if they could remain hidden.  That is why it is important to work with a good dentist and laboratory where professionals can achieve these results.

How to take care of Flipper Teeth?

Take good care of your flipper teeth and they will not easily break.  As a rule, do not wear it while sleeping because it is not healthy for your gums.  Remove it and wash it under running water. Brush the acrylic portion to remove any traces of oil. Clean the fake tooth using a soft toothbrush and tooth paste, the same way you normally do with your normal teeth.  Once done, rinse it in running water. Soak it in a glass of water overnight for it to be ready in the morning.

How about dental Flipper kits on sale online?

You may be taking good care of your flipper teeth, yet sometimes it can break. How do you fix it?  It is wise to  return to your dentist to request that he do the repair. But some people consider using  flipper kits that are sold online.  Just using ‘super glue’ is not a good idea because of the chemicals in the glue.  Also the adhesive in the online kit may may not be compatible with the materials used in your flipper teeth and can only result in dental complications.


  1. http://www.dental–health.com/treatment_flipper_alternative.html
  2. http://www.flipperteeth.com/
  3. http://www.simplestepsdental.com/SS/ihtSSPrint/r.WSIHW000/st.31862/t.32275/pr.3/c.354245.html
  4. http://www.ehow.com/list_7245627_dental-flipper-concerns.html#ixzz2QBeKYL00
  5. http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/procedures/flipper-teeth.htm


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