Dentures take some getting used to, but with a few simple strategies up your sleeve, you can feel confident all day long.
Speaking with Confidence
When you speak, the sound reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of the jaw and skull. Wearing dentures changes and increases the sound, but this is much more noticeable to you than to anyone else.
If your dentures "click" when you speak, try to speak more slowly to avoid movements that raise and/or move your lower denture. Keeping your lower denture in place requires the ability to hold it still with the muscles of your lips, cheeks, and tongue. At first, these muscles may tend to "kick out" your denture. With time and practice, you will be able to overcome the difficulties of speaking.
To speak more confidently while wearing your dentures:
- Bite and swallow before speaking. This places your dentures in position so you can speak more clearly.
- Practice reading aloud.
- Use a denture adhesive. Using an adhesive, such as Fixodent,® will help keep your dentures in place and make it easier to speak clearly.
Eating with Confidence
As a new denture wearer, you may find that chewing feels different with dentures. You also may think that food has "lost its flavor." While you are adjusting to wearing your dentures, your mind is receiving strong signals from your mouth about your dentures, which overpower the messages from your taste buds. After you are accustomed to the denture, your mind will pay less attention to your dentures and more to your taste buds.
During your adjustment time, you may have trouble sensing hot foods and drinks, which is common with new denture wearers. Be careful; you don't want to burn your mouth.
To eat more easily and enjoyably while wearing dentures:
- Begin with small quantities of food cut into smaller pieces.
- Chew half of the food in your mouth on the back-left side of your mouth and the other half on the back-right side. This will even out the pressure on your dentures.
- Start with soft foods. Some good examples are eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables, and puddings. After you feel more confident, try eating chewier foods, such as steak or celery.