Re: How long after dentures can you speak properly?
Yours is probably the #1 most frequently asked question with people who are contemplating dentures....including myself....this was a BIG fear of mine....
I didn't find that it was as bad as I thought it was going to be. I definately thought there were a few letters that gave me more trouble than others, but I was the only one who seemed to notice. I have a teenager who would have been first in line to tell me if he noticed any speech challenges, but he never said a word!!! The first couple of days after my extractions, I had quite a bit of swelling, so the denture fit like a glove....it wasn't until the swelling started to subside and the immediate loosened up, that my tongue seemed to get in the way, and I had a bit of trouble with certain letters, but nothing that kept me hiding at home. In fact, I returned to my normal routine the day after my extractions. I was a little bit self conscious that people could tell I was wearing 'fake teeth' or that they could hear my speech was off....but my closest friends and family assured me this was all in my head.
I am almost 6 weeks into my new smile, and although there have been bumps in the road, they've been pretty minor, and I would do it again in a minute.
For me, it has been worth it to have a smile that I can be proud of and no more painful teeth!!!
The best advice I can give you is to practice, practice, practice....sing in the car...sing in the shower.....talk to yourself.....read out loud....it helps to speed up the process!