Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option and for good reason. After all, they are affordable, noninvasive, and improve your facial shape, among other benefits. One of the potential challenges after getting them is learning how to speak properly. There are ways to put yourself in a position to make sure this adjustment gets done sooner rather than later. Keep reading to learn from your dentist in Orange Park some steps that will help regarding talking with dentures and what to expect.
Step #1: Repeat & Enunciate Your Words
Once your dentures are fitted for your mouth, you’ll want to learn how to speak with them. This can take some time, and it’s natural to encounter some difficulty in pronouncing certain words or sounds. To begin with, you should practice repeating phrases and elongating words to make yourself more effective at communicating while wearing dentures. Focus on more troublesome sounds or letters, like “S” or “F,” so your mouth grows accustomed to your new teeth.
Step #2: Read Aloud to Yourself
After getting used to pronunciations, the next step will be to speak words aloud to yourself. Whether you choose to read the newspaper or a book loudly or softly, the aim is to hear how you sound with your dentures. This can help build your confidence with your restorations. You might also talk to yourself in the mirror or even sing in the shower—whatever comes naturally to you!
Step #3: Converse with People You Know Well
Once you’ve made progress when speaking in private, it’s time to talk with other people. Converse with your friends and family initially, as you’ll feel most comfortable talking to them with your dentures in.
This is also a fine opportunity for them to hear you and provide the feedback you need to perfect your speech. They can recognize which words you might have difficulty with and help you practice. The more you speak with those close to you, the more you’ll feel like yourself.
Talking with dentures is all about practicing consistently and building your confidence in the process. In time, you’ll feel as though you’re speaking with your natural teeth again. And if you have any concerns along the way, you can always visit your dentist in Orange Park so they can help you make steady speech progress!
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki received his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Florida and worked to become a board-certified prosthodontist. He is a member of the American Dental Association. If you are interested in tooth replacement, Dr. Nawrocki offers full dentures, partials, and implant dentures. He will be happy to provide advice on speaking and eating with dentures, caring for them, or anything else you might need help with. You can schedule a consultation on his website or by calling (904) 272-1588.