Many factors can cause people to procrastinate on finally getting orthodontic treatment. Perhaps you fear the way you will look or the impact it will have on your daily life? Some people worry that orthodontic treatment will affect their speech. Any type of oral appliance has the potential to affect the way that you speak, especially with any that add thickness to the roof of your mouth, or to the area right behind your front teeth, which is where Invisalign aligners sit. The fact of the matter is that most Invisalign patients report no speech impediments caused by treatment. The most important thing to remember, however, is that straightening your teeth is important for your oral health.
Adapting to Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign aligners are created specifically for your smile to fit your teeth ever so snugly. When you first start wearing your aligners, it is not unusual for there to be a slight period of adjustment. While designed to be comfortable, wearing something new can be noticeable at first. One of the most important things to get used to during Invisalign treatment is remembering to wear the aligners at least 20 hours a day. While some wearers notice a slight lisp when saying words that start with “s” or “sh,” the majority notice no change in speech. Usually, this type of speech impediment is so slight that the wearer themselves is the only one to notice.
Tips For Practicing Your Speaking
Human beings are incredibly adaptable. In many of the cases where a wearer notices a speech impediment, they are naturally able to correct for it within just a few days time. Practicing the pronunciation and enunciation of the words you are finding difficult is one of the best ways to overcome a slight lisp, and a good way to adapt to your new aligners.
Don’t let worries discourage you from important treatment
Dr. Cabal can answer your questions about orthodontic treatment. To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.