Denture Talk: How Long Does It Take To Speak Properly After Getting Dentures?

Denture Talk - How Long Does It Take To Speak Properly After Getting Dentures
A significant concern people express when it comes to dentures is how they sound speaking with their new dentures. No matter what type of dentures you choose, there is a learning curve when it comes to speaking clearly with dentures.

This change in your speaking pattern is due to how your lips and tongue work with your dentures, which are not an exact replica of your teeth. This change can lead to slurring, lisping, and other speech changes. While that can be frustrating, the one thing our dentists here at Castle Rock Dental recommends is to not give up—speaking well with dentures takes lots of practice.

Speaking With Dentures Takes Practice

There is no set timeline that says, “At [insert time], you will master speaking with dentures.” It would be nice if there were one, but unfortunately, what really counts is practice. The more you practice speaking with your dentures, the more comfortable and confident you will be able to communicate.

Some individuals wonder why they need to practice. The practice is necessary because the shape of the inside of your mouth has changed. With that change, your oral muscles need to relearn how to shape themselves to communicate. Also, the frame of your dentures takes up different space than your natural teeth did, leading you to need to move your tongue differently.

So, it makes sense that the more you practice speaking with your dentures, the faster you will become a confident and clear speaker.

Ways To Get More Comfortable With Your Dentures

Along with simply speaking often for practice, there are different tips and tricks you can try to make speaking with dentures comfortable and easier.

  • Read out loud – Simply speaking out loud to yourself can both be a little boring and not stretch your capacity as much as reading out loud. By reading, you will become more accustomed to how your dentures feel while speaking a wide variety of words and sounds. Also, if you want to practice in front of a mirror, you may be able to see where you need to make adjustments.
  • Practice applying enough dental adhesive – Loose dentures can be tough to speak with, so learning to apply enough dental adhesive can help reduce movement. However, those who have implanted dentures don’t need to worry about movement.
  • Bite and swallow before speaking – Excess saliva can make speaking with dentures more difficult. So, before you want to start talking, bite down, and swallow any excess saliva. Not only will it help with slurring, but this move can help press your dentures more firmly into position.
  • Drill speaking at different volumes – Something that gets forgotten is that you don’t always want to speak at a regular volume. Mastering whispering and speaking loudly with dentures takes practice, so be sure to add volume control to your drills.

Common Questions About Speaking With Dentures

During follow-up appointments, our dentists often get questions about issues or concerns relating to speaking with dentures. Below are the answers to these common dentures questions.

Why do I lisp with dentures?

Lisping with dentures is generally due to changes in your palate. As your dentures will sit differently in your mouth than your natural teeth, it will alter what sounds are made when you speak. With practice, you can learn how to correct for these changes, and the lisp should go away.

Will people notice my dentures as I speak?

In general, your dentures will be undetectable in everyday conversation. The dentures sit high enough on the gum line that only large movements—like broad smiles and open-mouthed laughter—can even potentially show that you have dentures. So, you don’t have to worry about a casual conversation exposing your dentures.

How do I stop my dentures from clicking as I talk?

Natural teeth are full of nerves that help us detect movement, and since dentures lack these nerves, it is far easier to bring your teeth together much harder than you intended. Clicking dentures while speaking is a related issue, as you are not used to how much movement is needed.

By practicing speaking more slowly, you can learn how much force and how much space you have between your dentures and avoid clicking in the future.

Do dentures ever feel normal?

While your dentures will never feel like your natural teeth, you can become a natural at using your dentures. However, as you can see throughout this post, the most important thing is to practice. With enough practice, you can power through the initial discomfort.

If you are looking into dentures and aren’t sure where to start, you can contact us and consult with our dentists. Our dental clinic specializes in dentures and can help you restore your smile in no time.

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