Whether a patient wears full or partial dentures, the adjustment period to new dentures can vary from person to person. Some people adjust easily to dentures and other people struggle with learning to eat and speak with new dentures. After receiving new dentures, practice speaking aloud frequently to learn how to minimize difficulties you may have. With practice and effort, you will soon be speaking easily and it should be difficult for others to detect that you wear dentures.
Things You'll Need
- Book or magazine
Select a book or magazine to read aloud. Reading verbally alone gives you practice and confidence for speaking in front of others.
Stand or sit in front of a mirror so you can watch yourself while you speak.
Close your mouth, bite down gently and swallow once.
Begin reading aloud while watching yourself in the mirror. Practice enunciating clearly, particularly words with “f” and “s” sounds (commonly difficult sounds for new denture wearers). Practice looking natural as you speak so it won't be obvious that you wear dentures.
Slow your speech down if you hear or feel a clicking from your dentures while you speak. Pause your speaking if you feel your dentures slip out of place. Bite your teeth down gently, swallow again to reposition the dentures and then resume speaking slowly.