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Speaking with Your New Dentures: Expectations and Tips!

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Are you replacing your missing teeth with dentures? If so, you are probably looking forward to the confidence of a complete smile once again. These prosthetics not only give you natural-looking teeth but return your bite power. While you will quickly enjoy these benefits, it may take a little time to get used to speaking with your new dentures. Read on to learn more about what to expect and some helpful tips.

What Can You Expect with Your New Dentures?

While it is wonderful to have a new full set of pearly whites, you can expect a time of adjustment. They will feel different than your natural teeth because of the way prosthetics fit in your mouth. Dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums rather than being anchored into the jawbone. This means that they may move around more easily when talking. Fortunately, all that is required is a little practice and you will be speaking effortlessly!

Helpful Tips

Repeat Pronunciations & Elongations

After getting familiar with how your dentures feel and work in your mouth, you can start practicing pronouncing various words.  By repeating particular sounds and elongating commonly used words or phrases, you will grow more confident in your ability to effortlessly say them. Be sure to focus on enunciating more difficult sounds, such as the ‘S’ and ‘F’ letters. No matter what the conversation, you will easily be able to speak with other people.

Read Aloud

After you get familiar with making sounds with your dentures, take the time to regularly speak out loud. This will help you gain a comfortability and confidence in speaking with your prosthetic. You can read a book, a newspaper, and even sing out loud in the shower! The more you practice hearing the sound of your own voice while wearing your dentures, you will learn to speak with ease.

Chat with Family & Friends

The special people in your life can definitely help you with your time of adjustment! Interactions with them will build your comfort level as well as improve your speech with your dentures on. Speaking with someone close to you can be a major help, especially if they can identify words that you’re struggling with. They can help you practice certain words and give you valuable feedback on how you sound, increasing your confidence in speaking with your new pearly whites!

Getting a beautiful new smile with dentures is exciting.  With these helpful tips, you will not only be able to enjoy the benefits of your prosthetic but speak clearly and easily before you know it!

About the Practice

Fairfax Dental Group is in the business of restoring smiles! Their two excellent dentists have a combined experience of over 50 years. With a focus on high-quality results and customized care, they can help you with any of your denture needs. To schedule an appointment, contact them through their website or call (703) 273-1443.