11620 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 440, Los Angeles, CA 90025
+1 (310) 444-1113

11620 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 440, Los Angeles, CA 90025
+1 (310) 444-1113
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Speaking With Invisalign & Lingual Braces – Tips to Reduce Speech Impediments

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Some patients may experience minor speech problems during the first two weeks or so of getting acclimated to new dental appliances. Palatal Expanders, Lingual Braces and Invisalign are some of the most common dental appliances that may inhibit speech. The patient who is wearing these types of dental appliances may develop a slight lisp or have difficulty enunciating certain words. These impediments can sound more pronounced on camera/audio, so those working in media will want to take steps to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Generally speaking, 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.

Here are Dr. Nikaeen’s tips for improving overall speech for new dental clients:

The Best Braces to Avoid Speech Impediments

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. If the possibility of a lisp is stopping you from getting your teeth straightened, contact Dr. Nikaeen for a consultation. She will listen to you, address your concerns and offer you the best solution for your particular situation.