Can Wearing Invisalign Affect Your Speech?
Braces are known for causing some speech difficulties, and Invisalign can also have this effect. In both cases, any speech issues that do occur tend to fade as patients get used to a new appliance in their mouths. Furthermore, the low profile of Invisalign aligners helps prevent speech difficulties.
Invisalign Usually Does Not Impact Speech
Researchers have found that more than nine out of ten Invisalign patients experience no speech problems at all. In addition, most patients who do have a lisp or other minor speech impediment once wearing Invisalign can speak normally again within days. It is important to note that Invisalign aligners are very thin. Closer proximity of the inner front teeth to the lips and tongue is much of what can cause speech problems, and the effect of Invisalign on this is minor thanks to its small size.
Speeding Speech Normalization
Patients who do notice speech impediments when they start Invisalign can relax knowing that the problem will likely fade quickly. For those who do still continue to have mild speech problems, such as a lisp, a solution may be found in speech exercises focusing on enunciation. Soon enough, the lips and tongue will adjust to the presence of the aligners and be able to produce speech as precisely as ever.
Compared to other orthodontics, Invisalign is less likely to cause abnormal speech. Most patients who do have this problem soon regain normal speaking ability as they get used to their aligners. At a consultation with our Invisalign doctor, you can learn more about how Invisalign interacts with speech.
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