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 denture adhesive cream 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.