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Talking with Braces: Do Lingual Braces Give You a Lisp?

Are you thinking about getting lingual braces for your orthodontic treatment but worried about how they might affect your speech? Many people are concerned about whether lingual braces can cause a lisp. In this article, we will explore the potential speech implications of lingual braces, including whether they can give you a lisp and how you can manage it.

Understanding Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a type of orthodontic treatment where the brackets and wires are placed on the inside surface of your teeth, making them virtually invisible from the outside. While lingual braces are an excellent choice for those who desire discreet treatment, some individuals worry about the impact they might have on their speech.

Potential Speech Implications

It’s completely normal to experience a slight change in your speech when you first get lingual braces. This is because of the new metal brackets and wires in your mouth. However, with time and practice, most people can adapt to their lingual braces and speak normally again.

Can Lingual Braces Cause a Lisp?

Contrary to popular belief, lingual braces generally do not cause a permanent lisp. While some patients may experience a temporary lisp during the adjustment period, it is usually minor and resolves within a few weeks as the tongue gets used to the presence of braces.

It’s worth noting that the risk of developing a lisp with lingual braces is relatively low compared to traditional braces. Since the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of the teeth, they allow for better tongue placement and less interference with speech.

Managing a Lisp with Lingual Braces

If you do experience a temporary lisp after getting lingual braces, there are several strategies you can try to help manage it:

  1. Practice: Regularly practice speaking aloud to get accustomed to the feeling of speaking with braces. This can help improve your speech and reduce any lingering lisping.
  2. Speak Slowly: Taking your time and enunciating your words can minimize the lisp. Speaking slowly ensures clear pronunciation.
  3. Use Tongue Exercises: Strengthen the muscles in your mouth with tongue exercises. This can improve your speech and reduce any lisping.
  4. Work with a Speech Therapist: If you find it challenging to manage the lisp on your own, consider working with a speech therapist. They can provide guidance and exercises tailored to help improve your speech while wearing lingual braces.

Staying Positive and Patient

Remember that any speech changes associated with lingual braces are usually temporary. With a positive attitude and patience, you can overcome any initial difficulties and become comfortable speaking with lingual braces. Most patients eventually adapt to their braces and find that their speech returns to normal.

If you have any concerns about the potential speech implications of lingual braces, don’t hesitate to consult your orthodontist for guidance and support. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific needs and address any concerns you may have.

Orthodontic treatment is a journey, and the end result of a beautiful, healthy smile is worth any temporary adjustments you may need to make. If you’re considering lingual braces or any other orthodontic treatment, contact Wimpole Street Dental Clinic for a consultation to find out more. Our experienced team is here to guide you through your orthodontic journey and provide the best possible care for your teeth and oral health.

[source: British Orthodontic Society (https://www.bos.org.uk)]


Created: 14/8/23

Clinically reviewed by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

Written by: Dr Sanjana Sudarshan

About the author:

Sanjana, an accomplished Orthodontist, graduated with Honours from King’s College and excels in providing tailored treatments using diverse techniques. With a broad dental background, she manages complex conditions holistically. A passionate mentor, conference presenter, and charitable ambassador, she continuously supports the dental community.

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