If you are thinking about getting Invisalign or any other type of braces, you may be worried about how they might affect your speech, if at all. This makes sense, because what’s the point of “invisible” braces if everyone you meet can tell by the way you talk that you’re wearing them? This blog provides advice on avoiding speech problems while wearing Invisalign.
Any dental or orthodontic device in your mouth has the potential to change the way you speak. This is especially true for dental devices that add thickness to the roof of your mouth or to the area right behind your front teeth, where Invisalign and other invisible brace systems sit.
How likely is it that Invisalign will make it hard to talk?
Thankfully, the answer is “not very.” Since Invisalign is made of thin plastic, any effects on your speech are usually very small. When you get your Invisalign braces for the first time, it’s not uncommon for the wearer to notice a slight lisp in their speech. This is usually only noticeable to the person who is wearing it. When making the “s” or “sh” sounds, the slight lisp is often most noticeable. Studies have shown that 93 percent of Invisalign patients did not have trouble speaking while wearing the invisible brace system. This is a great (and comforting) number. Also, keep in mind that invisible braces wouldn’t be as popular as they are if they caused a lot of speech problems. However, Invisalign and other invisible brace systems are more popular than ever.
What are some ways I can improve my speech if I have trouble talking while I’m wearing Invisalign?
People are very adaptable, and most of the time, if someone notices a speech problem, they are able to fix it on their own within a few days. If you have a slight lisp or speech problem while wearing Invisalign, try to remember the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” One of the best ways to get rid of a slight lisp and get used to your new dental appliance is to practice how to say and say out loud words. You can also quickly change your speech and get rid of an impediment by reading out loud to yourself (or to others) or talking to a friend or family member with whom you won’t feel judged.
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