Dentures replace missing teeth, helping you eat and speak. They are a highly effective dental reconstruction option. But, adjusting to dentures can take some time, practice, and thoughtfulness, especially when communicating with others with a new dental device in your mouth.
At SmileBoutique, Dr. Wayne Hofflich supports his patients through the process of switching to dentures. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for speaking comfortably and clearly with dentures from his Mount Vernon, New York office.
When you first put in your dentures, your mouth needs to get used to the “new normal.” It might feel unusually full when you first start wearing them. Your gag reflex might be sensitive, you could produce additional saliva, and struggle to not bite your cheek when using dentures for the first time.
As you get used to your dentures, they start to feel normal and become a part of your daily life. At that point, you won’t need to be so conscious and deliberate when speaking with dentures. But, at first, you’ll need some practice.
Here are five strategies for speaking more confidently and clearly when using dentures.
Your voice will sound different to yourself with dentures. But, you won’t sound as different to other people! The effect is related to the internal sound of your own voice interacting with your bones on the way to your ears. Don’t allow the internal sound of speaking with dentures to throw you off.
Some people notice intrusive clicking sounds from their dentures when speaking. To avoid this issue, try using slower and more deliberate mouth movements. The goal is to prevent your denture from shifting as you speak.
When you’re getting ready to speak, take steps to prepare your mouth and dentures. Bite down on your dentures and swallow. Then, your dentures will be in the correct position for speaking.
Instead of struggling to keep your denture in place, skip the hassle by applying a little dental adhesive. If you have a public speaking venture, a dental adhesive can calm your denture-related concerns.
You have to retrain the muscles in your mouth to keep your dentures in place. The more you practice, the quicker your mouth muscles adjust. Soon, you’ll figure out tricks to address common issues you face with the functionality of your dentures.
If you need expert advice on adjusting to your dentures, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Hofflich and the SmileBoutique team! You can schedule an appointment over the phone or request an appointment online.