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Do Braces Change your Speech?

Do Braces Change your Speech?

People are often nervous about how their speech may change when looking at getting braces or Invisalign options. While braces or other mouth pieces can be a new sensation and require adjustment time, they are not the same as trying to speak with a mouthful of food. Your orthodontic specialist should be able to help alleviate any concerns you may have.

Adjustment Period

Having braces or Invisalign in your mouth does take some getting used to. You will need to adjust to having the feel of metal or plastic across your teeth. This adjustment is quick, often in a day or two they will feel normal, and you will begin to forget they are even there. In most cases, speech is not affected by braces.
Speech Being Affected – a Largely Unfounded Fear

Having your speech be affected by braces is a largely unfounded fear. As previously mentioned, very few patients actually notice changes in their speech once getting braces. Those that do notice changes often see them go away in a couple days. Something to consider is that as your teeth become better aligned from the braces, you will find your speech improves due to closed gaps between your teeth.

Tips for Speaking with Braces

If you find your speech has been affected from braces, there are a few things you may try to help alleviate this as quickly as possible.

First, limit irritation on your tongue, cheek and lips from the braces. Ask your orthodontic specialist for wax to help with this.

Second, practice makes perfect. Practice talking with your braces, singing a song out loud, or reading a book out loud. The more you practice, the quicker you will be back to normal.

Remember, the end results of braces will be worth it when you have a perfect bite and perfect smile. Be patient, you will adjust quickly.

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