Dentures can make a huge difference in your life if you have several missing teeth, but learning to be comfortable eating and speaking with them can take some practice. At Northside Family Dental, we want to help you get the most out of your dentures and feel confident doing daily activities like smiling, eating, and talking.
In this blog post, we’ll go over a few tips for adjusting to your new dentures so that you can get back to enjoying life with a full set of beautiful, functional teeth.
- Start Soft: After getting your dentures, start out by eating softer foods that are easy to manage, and practice chewing on both sides of your mouth. As you grow more confident and comfortable, you can incorporate more textures and diversify your diet until you’re totally comfortable snacking on all kinds of food.
- Speak Up: It’s common for new denture wearers to have trouble pronouncing certain words or to have a lisp. These speaking problems can be overcome with practice, so we encourage you to engage in conversation rather than avoid talking altogether. Find someone you trust, and practice talking with them or try reading aloud to yourself as you get used to your new dentures. If you experience persistent issues, contact your dentist for a follow-up consultation
where they can determine if any adjustments might help improve your speech clarity.
There are quite a few options for dentures thanks to modern dental advancements, and many patients opt for dentures that are supported by dental implants or secured with adhesives to achieve a more stable fit. Even with these more secure options, learning to speak and eat with dentures can take time, so we always encourage patients to stay patient with themselves as they adjust. You can always reach out to us for assistance or additional consultations to achieve the best possible fit for your dentures.