Unfortunately, it is common to have phonetic changes in speech after having new dental crowns, veneers or dentures fitted.
This is due to the fact that a new shape is now at the front of your mouth formed by the new crowns, bridgework, veneers or denture, altering the way your voice sounds, and the way some words are produced.
Some dental patients complain of slight slurring, hissing, lisping, spitting and problems with the sounds “th” “f” and “s”.
Usually, this is minor and slight and only audible to the person who has had the dental treatment, in severe cases, it can be audible to others too who are used to your normal way of speaking.
However, these symptoms in the majority of cases reside in a few weeks when the brain gradually “re-wires” and gets used to the new shape.
In some particular cases, the problem may be that your new top or bottom crowns are not in the correct spatial relationship to your lower or top front teeth yet, and the lower or top teeth are still needed to be worked on.
Even Freddie Mercury, the renowned singer from the music group “Queen” considered having cosmetic dentistry on his unsightly upper front teeth.
Freddie decided against it when he discovered that the shape of his teeth was one of the keys to his spectacular vocal sound and voice projection when singing.
One way to speed up the process and return to normal speech is to practise reading aloud alone, articulating every work for at least 15 minutes every day. This will give your brain an opportunity to “reconnect” with your vocal sounds, without ridicule from others, and match your new voice with your new smile.
It’s always best to work with dentists such as those at Dental Holiday who have substantial experience in dentures, full mouth makeovers and reconstructive dentistry that involves replacement or modification of anterior teeth through crowns, bridgework or implants.
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