Denture treatment in Whitby, ON, normalizes eating, speaking, and smiling for many people. Dental research estimates that about 20 million Americans use dentures today. If you have dentures, you must take proper care of them to last as long as possible.
However, when issued with new dentures, they can make talking difficult. Even if they have a perfect fit, they may need some adjustment time. When you first learned speech, you used to completely different set of teeth. If you have dentures that do not fit properly or missing teeth before your new set, your mouth needs a compensation grace period.
Before discussing the tips for speech you need with your first set of dentures, let’s discuss the four most common types of dentures.
Adults use false teeth to replace missing teeth. The neighboring teeth may misalign and shift towards the tooth gap if you fail to do so. Therefore, proper denture care is just like caring for your natural teeth. There are four main types of denture treatments at Brooklin Village Dental Care, namely:
People with dentures may feel uncomfortable speaking in public when they get dentures for the first time. It can be awkward speaking when you cannot pronounce things correctly, for example, having trouble with F and S sounds.
Dentures may also make irritating click sounds during speech or even shift position. However, here are some tips to help you adapt to speaking using your new dentures.
We encourage patients wearing partial or overdentures to speak a lot during their adjustment period. While it can be uncomfortable to do it in public, there are many other options.
A spouse, a life partner, or work colleagues provide enough comfort as they cannot criticize the person wearing dentures as strangers would. A spouse knows their partner well, and understanding them is easier even with dentures.
If you are still uncomfortable talking in front of other people, you can practice by yourself. You can do this by reading your favorite book in front of a mirror as it provides a variety of varied sounds and inflections.
Additionally, when practicing in front of a mirror, you can see the mouth and teeth movements, which provides proper insights into the problems you have to recover quicker.
If you have dentures and you hear clicking sounds when speaking, it’s advisable to slow down when speaking and take some time to reflect n what you want to say. Talking slowly avoids extra movements of the dentures that can lift and shift the lower denture.
The stability of the lower dentures requires additional help from the cheek muscles, tongue, and lips. Initially, these muscles may involuntarily try to kick out the foreign denture from position but will soon adapt to the new positioning.
If all of the above does not work and you still have issues keeping your dentures in the right position during speech, gently biting down before you speak can help retain your denture. This action pushes the denture in the correct spot and keeps it there.