Talking may not be quite as easy as it used to be, when you first get new dentures. Here are a few tips from our Surrey dentists on how to get better at talking while wearing your dentures.
Whether your dentures are removable or permanent, talking will likely feel awkward until you become accustomed to wearing them.
It's possible that you will experience changes or difficulties in your speech while you are getting used to your new teeth. You may have some difficulty pronouncing S’s and F’s, and your dentures might shift a little or make clicking noises while you’re talking.
But don't worry! Practice makes perfect. Gradually you will begin to get used to your dentures, and over time you'll begin feeling perfectly comfortable when talking once again.
Here's a few tips to help you get adjusted to your new dentures:
The fact is that dentures, like any dental appliance, change the anatomy of your mouth. This change can increase or alter the sound of your voice. When you were speaking, before you had dentures, vibrations travelled through the bones of your jaw and skull. Now, with your dentures in place, those vibrations are bound to make what you hear sound a bit different. That said, it's important to note that the difference in your voice is much more noticeable to you than to anyone listening to you talk.
Try talking more slowly if you notice clicking sounds when you speak. Talking more slowly will help to prevent any excess lifting or shifting of your lower denture. Keeping your lower denture stable when you speak is going to take some practice since it requires help from the muscles in your lips, tongue, and cheeks.
You might want to try biting down gently and swallowing before you begin to talk in order to help to keep your dentures in their proper position.
Denture adhesive may be the answer if you find that your dentures frequently slip out of place. Ask your dentist whether denture adhesive is a good idea for you. Your dentist will be able to recommend the right adhesive for you.
Read out loud to yourself, repeating words that you have trouble pronouncing. Practice speaking even when you’re all alone at home or in the car!
Make an effort to frequently talk to your friends, family and pets since daily speech practice will help you to speak with with confidence again.