Even the best-fitting dentures, like neuromuscular dentures, can be hard to talk with at first. After all, you’ve got an entirely new set of teeth that need to be manipulated in an entirely new way to create sounds that will be heard and understood easily.
The good news is that with a relatively short period of practice, you will quickly learn to speak with your dentures. Depending on the state of your teeth before you got dentures, you may even speak more clearly with dentures than you did before.
Here are 5 tricks that can help you get past the awkward initial stages until you have mastered speaking with your dentures.
If you’re still living with your spouse, and you’re on good terms, you can practice your speech by talking to them. The good news is, they’re likely to understand and anticipate much of what you’re going to say. This can be a big confidence builder during the early days, when many people feel they might never be able to communicate properly again.
The downside is because they may understand you more easily, you have less incentive to work harder at perfecting your speech.
Remember the days when you used to practice your speeches and presentations in front of the bathroom mirror? Well, now’s an excellent opportunity to try this again. The advantage of this is that you can actually watch your lips, tongue, and dentures, which can help you make adjustments.
The disadvantage is that you won’t have anyone who can give you feedback so you know that you’re really making progress and not just getting better at understanding your own voice.
Another great way to practice your speaking is by reading books aloud. You might choose an old favorite book, or if you’re looking to try sometime a little different, try reading some Shakespeare or Psalms from the King James Bible. Tongue twisters are also good.
The biggest advantage of this is that you will learn to say words that you might never have thought to use yourself. This will stretch you out and expand your range.
Unfortunately, here again you don’t have anyone else to test your new speech.
This trick comes via Jonah Hill, who found he had trouble talking with the new false teeth he had to wear for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Being unhappy with the sound, he started calling up many customer service lines. Because he was on the phone, the standard for clear speech was even higher. He said he could get them to talk for hours at a time, during which he practiced speaking clearly.
This is something that all new denture wearers should consider.
The good thing about this breaking-in period for dentures is that it’s usually very short, and that you’ll be talking normally in no time.
To learn more about life with dentures, please contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell, in Philadelphia.
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