Speaking Confidently with Dentures
Advice from Your Denturists at
Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic
It can take about 30 days to adjust to your new complete dentures. You’ll need to be patient with yourself as your mouth adapts. It may feel unnatural at first, but as you wear your dentures and get used to the feeling, your dentures will feel more like a natural part of your smile. The denturists with Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic want you to have a good experience as you learn to wear your dentures.
The best way to learn to speak with dentures is to practice. It may feel awkward at first, because your facial muscles aren’t accustomed to the dentures. Dentures alter the anatomy of your mouth and the way sound travels when you are speaking. There is an adjustment period, but you can learn to be confident when speaking with your dentures.
5 Tips on Learning to Speak with Dentures
Tip 1 – Gently bite down and swallow before speaking.
If you worry about your dentures shifting when you talk, set them in the right position by gently biting down and swallowing. Put a look on your face as if you’re thinking about what you are about to say. No one will ever know that you’re calming yourself before you talk.
Tip 2 – Practice reading out loud.
Reading a book aloud helps in two ways. First, you learn to re-master words and sounds. Second, you learn which sounds give you problems. The “s” sound is one that many denture wearers have to conquer again. With practice, you can learn to speak clearly without lisping.
Tip 3 – Recite tongue twisters.
Tongue twisters help you learn to speak clearer and slower. When you’re wearing dentures, this can help you with confidence. Actors, politicians, and public speakers all use tongue twisters to sound better when speaking.
Tip 4 – Use a denture adhesive.
A denture adhesive keeps your dentures from slipping when you speak or eat. You may still need to speak slower, but you won’t have to worry about your dentures falling out.
Tip 5 – Realize that you will sound different.
Your natural teeth had nerves that helped you detect movement. Your dentures don’t have those nerves, so you may bring your teeth together harder than you need to. You may hear clicks when you talk because you’re not used to your dentures yet. You may sound louder than you intend to when speaking, because of the way sound travels from your mouth. Practice will help you learn how much force to use to avoid clicking and help you understand how loud you need to speak.
Visit Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic for Information About Dentures
Your dentures may not feel like your natural teeth, but with time, you will feel more natural when speaking and eating with your dentures. If you are experiencing discomfort or problems with speaking after your adjustment phase with your new dentures, talk to a denturist with Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic. We have a wide range of denture services to find solutions for your denture problems. We want you to feel comfortable and confident when wearing your dentures.