Are you are thinking about orthodontics but concerned about the impact they may have on your speech? Any type of dental or orthodontic appliance in your mouth has the potential to affect the way that you speak, especially with dental appliances that add any extra thickness to the roof of your mouth, or to the area right behind your front teeth.
Once the mouth, teeth and tongue become accustomed to having the dental device in place, speech improves significantly and with a little extra effort, speech can return to normal in no time.
How Likely Will Braces Cause Speech Impediments?
Lisp occurs when a person cannot articulate fricative or affricate consonants, such as s, z, sh, ch and other variations of the same sounds. Any speech impediment or difficulty resulting from adjustment to wearing dental braces is temporary and not permanent. The tongue may be having difficulty reaching places and you may find yourself lisping at times.
The Best Braces To Avoid Speech Impediments
When a person wears braces that are too thick or wrongly fitted, the tongue protrudes beyond the front teeth. This would obviously result in heavy speech impediment. Traditional braces in which the brackets are affixed to the front of the teeth are the best option for avoiding lisps. This is because there is no foreign appliance between the back of the teeth and the tongue. However, traditional braces are not always a viable option for every patient. Adult patients often prefer to have less obvious dental work. While lingual braces and Invisalign do inhibit speech initially, the tongue does adapt to the dental wear and speech will adjust accordingly.
Contact Us Today
If the possibility of a lisp is stopping you from getting your teeth straightened, contact us today for a consultation. We will listen to you, address your concerns and offer you the best solution for your particular situation. Call us today at 203-292-6644.