Congratulations on your new pearly whites! When you initially get dentures, you may find your speech has been affected. Don’t worry – this is temporary! Even so, you shouldn’t have to hold back from your normal life and daily conversations. Here are some tips and tricks to make adjusting to speaking with your new smile easier.
When you first get your dentures, you may have a lisp or slur your words. Certain words and sounds (such as letters like “S” or “F”) may be difficult to pronounce.
By practicing common words and phrases with those sounds, you’ll be able to re-train your mouth to enunciate properly with your dentures in.
Tip #2: Read aloud whenever you can.
A surefire way to get practice in is by reading aloud. This can help you gain some confidence when you’re starting your re-training, especially because you can read aloud from the safety of your own home until you’re ready to practice with others.
You can read anything, from labels on packaging to the daily newspaper, or even your favorite book. Additionally, you can read aloud in front of a mirror so you can physically see your speech pattern and adjust accordingly.
Tip #3: Just keep talking!
It might sound contradictory, but it’s a tried-and-true method. When you’re having trouble speaking properly, you just need to keep at it. Practice does make perfect, after all.
You can significantly improve your overall speech by frequently chatting with friends and family. You’ll be practicing the words you normally use in everyday conversation, and your loved ones can help you identify which words you struggle with most without judgment.
By implementing these daily speaking exercises, you’ll be back to being a social butterfly in no time at all.
At Mayberry Dental, your smile is in the talented and capable hands of Drs. Chauhan and Mayberry. They offer long-lasting, durable custom restorations made in an in-house lab for your comfort and convenience. Mayberry Dental is pleased to offer several options for dentures, including partial, full, and implant dentures. If you want more advice on how to speak with new dentures, contact Mayberry Dental through their website or by phone at (703) 281-2111.