If you are thinking about getting Invisalign or another 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 from the way you talk that you’re wearing them? This blog has tips on how to avoid having trouble talking while wearing Invisalign.
Any dental or orthodontic device you put in your mouth could change the way you talk. This is especially true for Invisalign and other invisible brace systems that add thickness to the roof of your mouth or to the area right behind your front teeth.
How likely is it that Invisalign will make it hard for you to talk?
The answer is “not very,” which is good news. Since Invisalign is made of thin plastic, it usually has a very small effect on your speech. When you get your Invisalign braces for the first time, you may notice that your speech has a little lisp. Most of the time, only the person wearing it can see it. The slight lisp is often most noticeable when making the “s” or “sh” sounds. Studies have shown that 93 percent of people who used the invisible brace system did not have trouble speaking while they were using it. This is a great number that makes you feel good. Also, keep in mind that invisible braces wouldn’t be so popular if they made it hard to talk. But there are more people using Invisalign and other invisible braces than ever before.
How can I improve my speech if it’s hard for me to talk while I’m wearing Invisalign?
People are very flexible, and if they have a problem with their speech, they can usually fix it on their own within a few days. Try to remember the old saying, “Practice makes perfect” if you have a slight lisp or trouble speaking while wearing Invisalign. Practicing how to say and say out loud words is one of the best ways to get rid of a slight lisp and get used to your new dental appliance. You can also quickly change your speech and get rid of a speech 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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