Dentures have come a long way over the last few decades. Modern denture models look and feel more natural than ever, but they still come with an adjustment period as you learn to talk and eat without fear or embarrassment.
Dr. Jeremy Haider and the friendly staff at Haider Family Dentistry in Salem, Oregon, offer a variety of denture options to restore your smile. Our team is also happy to help you adjust to your new dentures through every stage of the process.
Tips for learning to talk with new dentures
Even the best fitting and most comfortable set of dentures require a little getting used to. Slurred speech is one of the most common issues with dentures, especially if this is your first set. The good news is that with a little time, practice, and patience, you can gain the confidence to feel comfortable joining any conversation. Try these tips.
Read out loud
Whether you’re reading a favorite story to your kids or grandchildren or just reading on your own, speaking the words out loud is a great way to practice talking with your new dentures in a safe and private environment. It doesn’t really matter if it’s an article from a newspaper or magazine, a novel you’re reading, or a random note.
Reading out loud can help you practice enunciating and identify the areas where you’re struggling with your new dentures — whether it’s pronouncing certain sounds or experiencing issues with fit.
Talk to your friends and family
Dealing with tooth loss can be difficult and embarrassing. However, testing out your conversation skills with trusted friends and family is one of the best ways to break in and get used to your new dentures.
Even if your speech isn’t perfect at first, practice talking to people you’re most comfortable with while wearing your dentures to get a feel for how they fit in your mouth and to identify your trouble spots. Just practicing regular conversation as you go about your normal routine is the best way to identify any issues in a safe and relaxed setting.
Let your dentist know if you need adjustments
Dr. Haider and our team are here to help you get used to your new dentures so you can get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. If you’re having any issues with the fit or feel of your new dentures, don’t hesitate to call us.
Dentures that are too tight or too loose can affect your ability to speak clearly, so getting the fit right is a priority.
For more information about using your new dentures and for all of your general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs, contact Haider Family Dentistry by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.