Based on years of service, we know that something that isn’t discussed enough is how to talk with dentures.
While it hopefully isn’t much of an issue, the reality is that speaking with dentures in has a bit of a learning curve. It always takes a little bit of time to adjust to new things, and that’s perfectly normal. Today, we’re sharing 3 tips to help you talk confidently while wearing dentures.
Why Do I Sound Different?
One thing that makes wearing dentures a little different from what you’re used to is that they actually change the anatomy of your mouth. Before you wore dentures, when you spoke, the vibrations of your voice actually travelled through your bone and skull to your ears. With dentures in, the vibrations and what you hear, will sound a little different. There’s no need to be concerned, however, as this will be most noticeable to you.
Common Adjustments for Talking with New Dentures
It is common for people to have trouble pronouncing their “F” and “S” sounds when learning to talk with dentures. Have patience with this normal challenge, and remember that the muscles in your mouth and jaw are simply adjusting. Practice will help the most. Another typical issue is for your dentures to click when you talk. Again, the muscles of your tongue, cheeks, and lips are all adjusting to the new dentures, and may have a tendency to “kick” the denture out. With practice, you’ll develop the ability to keep your lower denture in place, and avoid the clicking sound.
Top 3 Tips for Talking with Dentures
Now that we’ve covered some of the challenges when adjusting to speaking with dentures, here are the top 3 tips to talking comfortably and naturally.
1.Practice talking out loud!
The very best thing you can do is simply practice speaking. You’ll become more accustomed to the sound of your voice, and you’ll identify specific skills you need to work on. For example, if the “F” sound is difficult, you can practice saying it by reciting tongue twisters using “F.” Talk to your pets, your plants, your partner, your friends over the phone. The more you practice, the more quickly you’ll become completely comfortable speaking while wearing dentures.
Reading in front of a mirror is a great way to get some more speaking practice in, and you can do it comfortably and privately. Read slowly and enunciate clearly.
3.Prepare before you speak
Before you begin speaking, take a moment to take a deep breath, gently bite down, and swallow. This helps to ensure that your dentures are in the correct position and won’t shift as much while you are talking.
When to See Mark’s Dentures
As you are adjusting and learning to talk with dentures, pay attention to the fit and feel of your appliance. If you find they are shifting or moving, it’s a good idea to see your dentist and make sure your dentures are properly fitted. At Mark’s Dentures, our office located in Holladay, Utah includes an on-site fully equipped lab, so that we can better serve you. Our dentists and technicians can skillfully assess whether you need a denture repair, or a denture reline. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.