Will Braces Affect My Singing or Voice?

Here at Gladwell Orthodontics, we meet many patients who are concerned about how braces will affect their singing voice or daily speech. They are worried that their voice will be altered and they won’t be able to sing or speak normally.

The truth is that braces may temporary change the way you sing or speak. However, in most cases, it will improve your singing or speaking abilities. A wider arch, broader palate, and straighter teeth may allow you to sing with improve timbre and a fuller tone.

If you are a singer, you may be wondering whether you can wear Invisalign. Invisalign is often preferred over traditional metal braces because it’s discreet and involves comfortable aligners which can be removed for eating and drinking. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any wires irritating your mouth.

The greatest positive of Invisalign for singers is that these aligners can be removed during singing. As long as you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, taking them out before a concert or performance is no big deal. Just be sure to remember to put them back in as soon as you’re done singing.

Dr. Gladwell can evaluate your mouth, teeth, and gums and inform you whether metal braces or Invisalign are a good option for you. Regardless of what he recommends, an orthodontic treatment plan from Gladwell Orthodontics can improve your confidence as a singer and person.

Fun Facts About Braces

NASA made the first metal used by braces.
Believe it or not, braces were originally made with nickel titanium alloy, a metal that was used in space shuttles. This metal is activated by heat and can be altered to remember a particular shape, making it ideal for braces wires. It’s nicknamed space age wire and has led to many innovations in the field of orthodontics.

Braces are for people of all ages.
In the past, only children and teenagers received braces to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles. These days, however, people of all ages including adults opt for orthodontic treatment. In fact, 25% of the individuals who wear braces today are over the age of 18.

The United States is younger than braces.
Also known as the Father of Dentistry, a man named Pierre Fauchard designed braces in 1728. These braces were made of a flat metal material and connected to the teeth thin thread. Although braces have evolved and improved significantly over the years, they have been around for almost 300 years, making them older than the U.S.

Retainers are just as important as braces.
When we think of straightening our teeth, braces are the first appliances that usually come to mind. While braces are important, retainers are just as crucial. Without retainers, your teeth will likely shift back into their original positions. Therefore, you must follow your orthodontist’s directions and wear retainers after you’ve completed your braces treatment. Our Richmond, Virginia Orthodontist partners agree that straight teeth make life better.

Many celebrities wear braces.
Braces are not just for everyday people. Celebrities who are always in the spotlight wear them to achieve healthy teeth and perfect smiles. Many of them develop malocclusions, just like you. Some examples of Hollywood names who have worn braces include Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, Faith Hill, Nicholas Cage, and Angelina Jolie.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics

For more information on braces and how they may affect your singing or speech, call us at 919-453-6325.