Today is my 4 hr day. I'm supposed to practice talking by reading aloud and talking nearly non stop even if I have to sing so people don't stare at me for "talking to myself". lol Well.......it didn't get started off well. This was my 1st time putting in the dentures myself. Bottom is actually an extensive bridge, not a full lower denture. And well that was a challenge to get in. When he said you have to get it lined up right before you start he wasn't kidding. Ten minutes of frustration and far too much drool, I managed to get it seated right. Obviously this one is going to take practice. And I will avoid people at all cost while putting it in until the drool factor is under control. Geez. Good thing he warned me about that. Placing the top was a cake walk in comparison. And then..........I was like omg! I look like a horse. I start to talk and I sound nothing like myself as my lips don't want to work around these things. (top not the bottom, I don't even notice the bottom ones which is good) I feel like I got this BIG THING in my mouth. It just does NOT look right. And I'm starting to freak out a tad. (ok maybe more than a tad) Then the gagging starts. Oh, just lovely, my worst fear comes to fruit. I force myself to calm down and find something to read for the talking exercises. I chose the dentists information/instructions, figured that was a good place to start. lol So I'm reading aloud......I'm hissing my S's something awful (feeling bucktoothed), a cl sound unhinges them......I complain to husband they don't feel right, I feel bucktoothed, ect. husband gives me a once over then has me talk. He says maybe the gums are a tad swollen from wearing them yesterday and that's making me feel that they're sticking out too far front. Reasonable.......and probably wouldn't take much swelling either. So I keep reading and talking. Pretty soon I get caught up in what I'm reading and stop thinking about my mouth and next thing I know words are coming out better and this thing in my mouth doesn't feel quite so foreign. I read in his instructions gagging is normal for some people and some tips to get it to quit. Also read the bucktoothed feeling is also normal at first......so I begin to calm down and feel better. This part takes time and practice. Ok, I can do that. Not like I got some major speech in front of millions of people to do. lol This is a tad more involved than I ever imagined. But I'll say his instructions helped curb my frustrations a LOT. I've got a few sore spots. No clue if that's breaking them in or something he'll need to adjust later when I see him next week. I only have one major question for him. My jaw teeth don't set together at all. I mean they don't come into contact with each other when I close my jaw. If I try......it unhinges the top plate, which I don't think it's supposed to do?? So gonna have to bring that up and find out. That I know wasn't an issue with the wax mold........hmm. So I guess it's going ok, but this is definitely going to be a process.