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How to Speak with Dentures

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Posted: Jun 22, 2021

If you are new to dentures and denture adhesive, you might wonder why something as simple as speaking seems so difficult and awkward. You also might be concerned that changes in your voice and speech will make your dentures more noticeable to others. Don’t worry, Fixodent has got your back – dentures, we mean. Read our comprehensive guide on talking with dentures and let us help you overcome any challenges you might have regarding how to speak clearly with dentures.

Tips For Learning To Talk With Dentures

Getting yourself adjusted to your new dentures takes time, but you can considerably speed up the process with some practice. Please note that your voice may sound odd at first because the sound reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of the jaw and skull. Wearing dentures changes and increases the sound, but only you will notice this.

Without further ado, here are a few techniques you can use to practise speaking at home, so that you’ll be fully prepared to face the world with clear and confident speech.

  • Bite and swallow before speaking to get your dentures in position. To avoid any slips, try a like Fixodent®.

  • Practise reading aloud with your dentures to get used to saying common words and to give you an idea of how fast you can speak with ease.

  • Once you feel more confident with the above steps, you can read aloud in front of a mirror, and maybe even test yourself with a few tongue-twisters.

  • Practise speaking in a normal volume. You may feel a little eccentric talking to yourself, but you’ll get used to speaking with dentures the more you do it. Or you can just talk to your partner, family members, or trusted kids.

  • Count from 60 to 90 can help you practice more difficult-to-pronounce sounds.

Speaking with Dentures

Problems Talking With Dentures

Our solutions to your common concerns will help you on your way to speaking confidently with your dentures.

  1. Why are my dentures clicking when I talk? Speak more slowly if you feel your dentures “click.” At first, the muscles in your lips, cheeks, and tongue will try to “kick out” your dentures, but in time they will adjust to them and help keep them in place.

  2. Why am I having trouble pronouncing my S's and F's? It takes time for your muscles to adapt to dentures, so practice speaking words that you have difficulty enunciating. Your pronunciation will improve over time as it becomes more natural for the muscles in your mouth.

  3. Do I sound different to my friends? At first, you may find that pronouncing certain words requires practice, but reading aloud and repeating troublesome words helps. Dentures seldom interfere with speech, but you might feel like others are looking for a speech defect.

FAQs About Talking With Dentures

Do you still have a few blind spots left with regards to speaking with new dentures? Don’t worry, the chances are that you’ll find the answer you’re looking for in the below section!

Can you talk normally with dentures?

Although it takes time, patience, and a whole lot of practice, the answer is a definite yes!

How long does it take to get used to talking with dentures?

There is no strict timeline on this one, but you can facilitate the process by practising the abovementioned techniques: reading aloud in front of a mirror, talking to family members, counting from 60 to 90, and using a denture adhesive.

What causes a lisp with dentures and how do you fix it?

Did you ever wonder why you suddenly started to lisp after getting your new dentures? It has to do with the way your dentures sit in your mouth. Fortunately, if you just keep practising your speech, the lisp will go away without a trace.

How to speak clearly with dentures?

Once again, the best advice we can give you is to practice, practice, and practice. Soon, you’ll be able to talk clearly and confidently with your new dentures.

Do dentures change your voice?

Changes to the oral cavity have little effect on your voice – the most noticeable consequence of dentures on your voice is the way you pronounce words, but even that shouldn’t last too long.

As someone who has just got their dentures, you’ll have to adjust to a new situation, but with a little practice and thanks to the strong hold of Fixodent®, you’ll soon have the power to speak with confidence. That’s definitely something to talk about!

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