Re: Love my new upper/lower partials but can't accpt the way I look toothless!
Well, I think it will just take some time....this is brand new for you.
The GREAT thing is that now you have your new, beautiful smile. Your dentist is correct, that while your gums are healing you need to do what he says.
My opinion for the longterm, once your gums are fully healed and you are no longer rinsing with salt water (which, of course, you won't be doing forever) is that as long as your partials are clean and your mouth is clean, you can wear your partials at night.
Partials do NOT "have" to soak all night long, to get clean. For the moment, the most important thing is that you get your mouth healed. Do this without looking in the mirror, if it makes you sad. You have a lifetime to enjoy your new teeth, so please try not to let it get you down.