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Will Invisalign Affect the Way You Speak?

May 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — alldentalcenter @ 5:27 pm
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One of the major selling points of Invisalign is that it is a discreet treatment. Your aligners are unlikely to be the first thing that other people notice about you. However, you might wonder if Invisalign will call attention to itself in other ways. For example, will it affect the way you speak? This blog post provides some important information that you should keep in mind.

How Invisalign Might Affect Your Speech

Many patients notice slight changes to their speech when they first start using Invisalign. For example:

  • You might notice a slight lisp. Because Invisalign aligners cover your teeth, your tongue may not interact with them the same way it interacts with your bare enamel. Your “s” and “z” sounds might come out as “th.”
  • Your speech style might change. At first, you may speak more slowly and carefully than usual because you are not used to the way Invisalign feels in your mouth.

Normalizing Your Speech

The good news is that most patients find that any alterations in their speech with Invisalign are both minor and temporary. As you practice talking, your mouth will adapt to the thin barrier around your teeth, and it should become easier and easier to speak with clarity and precision. Reading out loud to yourself is a great way to get used to speaking with Invisalign.

Do not frequently remove your aligners because you want your speech to sound normal. They only work if you are wearing them, and you will never get used to talking with them unless you consistently keep them in your mouth.

Of course, every patient is different. Some people find that they get used to speaking with their aligners after just a few hours or days. For other individuals, it takes a few weeks to adapt. In some cases, there are minor speech changes every time they start using a new set of aligners. However, adapting tends to become easier with each transition.

There is no need to be overly concerned about how Invisalign might affect your speech.  It should not take long for you to adapt to your aligners and regain the ability to talk with confidence!

Meet the Practice

The team of experts in our practice are proud to offer multiple orthodontic treatment options, including both Invisalign and traditional metal braces. If you have questions about to expect while you are straightening your teeth, we would love to speak with you. You can expect us to provide straightforward and easy-to-understand information. Get in touch with our Watertown office at 617-924-9993.

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