Speaking With Invisalign: Tips To Reduce Speech Impediments
If you are thinking about Invisalign or any braces system, you may be concerned about the impact, if any, they can have on your speech. This makes sense, after all, what’s the point of wearing “invisible” braces if everyone you meet will be tipped off that you’re wearing braces by the way you’re speaking? Our Westwood orthodontist, Dr. Partovi, gives her top tips on how to reduce speech impediments during your orthodontic treatment.
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, which is where Invisalign and other invisible brace systems sit.
How likely is Invisalign to cause speech impediments?
The answer thankfully is: not very. Invisalign is made out of thin plastic, and so, any impacts they may have on your speech are generally very minor. When you first have your Invisalign brace system fitted and placed for treatment, it is not unusual for the wearer to notice a slight lisp to the speech. This is often only noticeable to the wearer, and not to others around them. The slight lisp is often most obvious when making the “s” or “sh” sounds. Studies have shown that 93% of Invisalign patients reported no difficulties with speech impediments while wearing the invisible brace system, which is a pretty great (and comforting) number. Remember too, if brace systems caused widespread speech impediments, they wouldn’t be very popular at all; and yet, Invisalign and other invisible brace systems are more popular than ever!
What are some tips to reduce a speech impediment if I have one while wearing Invisalign?
Humans are amazingly adaptable creatures, and in many cases where a wearer notices a speech impediment, they are naturally able to correct for it within a few days time. If you find that you have a slight lisp or speech impediment while wearing Invisalign, you should try to remember the old saying: practice makes perfect. Practicing the pronunciation and enunciation of words is one of the best ways to overcome a slight lisp, and to adapt to your new dental appliance. Reading aloud to yourself (or others), or having conversations with a friend of family member you won’t feel judged by are also some great ways to quickly adapt your speech and overcome and impediment.
If you have been fitted with Invisalign and are unhappy with a speech impediment it has caused, there are many other options available for you! Call us today, even if you were fitted in another orthodontic office, to discuss the various options available to you.