When you first get your dentures you may find that talking isn’t as easy as it was before, but it just takes practice. Here are a few tips for our Surrey dentists on how to get better at talking while wearing your dentures.
Talking can feel pretty awkward at first when you get your new dentures. Rest assured that this feeling is only temporary, it won't take long to become accustomed to your new teeth.
You may experiences changes or difficulties in your speech at the outset, even if you buy the best dentures available. For example, your dentures may make clicking noises or shift while you’re talking, or you may have trouble pronouncing S’s and F’s.
The good news is that with a little practice you’ll get used to your dentures very quickly, and eventually you'll feel perfectly comfortable when talking.
Here are a few useful tips to help make things go more smoothly:
Dentures change the anatomy of your oral cavity which means they can increase or alter the sound of your voice. Before you had dentures, when you were talking vibrations travelled through the bones of your jaw and skull, but now with the dentures in place that’s bound to sound a little different. Try to remember that the difference is much more noticeable to you than to anyone else hearing your voice.
Try talking a little more slowly if you hear clicking sounds when you talk. This will help to prevent additional movements that lift or shift your lower denture. Keeping the lower denture stable actually requires help from the muscles in your cheeks, lips and tongue and will take a bit of practice to master.
Bite down gently and swallow to get your dentures into their proper position before you begin speaking.
You can use a denture adhesive, as recommended by your dentist, if your dentures frequently slip out of place.
Practice talking loud and clear when you’re alone. Read out loud, repeat words that you have trouble pronouncing, or even talk to your pets. Daily practice will help you to speak with confidence again.