Invisalign is preferred over traditional metal braces for a variety of reasons. In addition to being virtually unnoticeable, Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and playing sports, making them more convenient than metal braces. They are also affordable and can give you a stunning smile in a short period of time.
If you are considering Invisalign, you may be aware of these benefits but also wondering whether it will give you a lisp or change your speech. Although any orthodontic appliance in your mouth has the potential to affect the way you talk, Invisalign is not very likely to cause speech impediments.
Invisalign aligners are comprised of thin plastic, making any speech impacts they may have on your mouth very minor and temporary. When you wear your Invisalign aligners for the first time, you may notice a slight lisp. However, this lisp is typically only obvious to you and can only be heard when you make “s” or “sh” sounds. Additionally, as your tongue get used to the aligners in your mouth, your lisp should disappear on its own.
In the event that Invisalign does cause a slight speech impediment that does not disappear naturally, you will have the ability to correct it. By simply practicing the pronunciation of words with your aligners in, you’ll be able to overcome a lisp. You can do this by reading out loud to yourself or conversing with friends and family members who you feel comfortable with.
Celebrities such as Katherine Hiegl, Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, and Khloe Kardashian have all worn Invisalign to straighten their teeth. These celebrities have no issues speaking on national television and prove that there is no reason to be afraid of the way Invisalign will affect your speech. Changes in speech patterns with Invisalign are minor, temporary, or never occur at all.
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
How often will I need to visit Dr. Gladwell for Invisalign checkups?
You should visit our office every four to six weeks to ensure your Invisalign treatment plan is progressing as it should. This is great news if you lead a busy life and don’t have time for frequent checkups.
What types of cases does Invisalign treat?
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign is its versatility. It can treat a number of malocclusions such as crowding, underbites, open bites, crossbites, midline shifts, and more. If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gladwell.
How long will my Invisalign treatment take?
Your particular case will dictate the length of your treatment. In most cases, however, Invisalign takes about 12 months to work its magic. It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day and follow Dr. Gladwell’s directions closely to avoid delays in treatment.
What allows Invisalign aligners to straighten teeth?
During your treatment, you’ll receive a series of aligners. Each aligner will slowly but surely adjust the position of your teeth until they are exactly where they should be, according to Dr. Gladwell’s individualized treatment plan.
What material are Invisalign aligners made out of?
Invisalign aligners are comprised of a lightweight, BPA free plastic. While you may notice a bit of discomfort every time you insert a new set of aligners, you’ll find Invisalign aligners to be significantly more comfortable than metal braces.
How long has Invisalign been available?
Invisalign made its debut in 1997. Since then, over 8 million people, including more than 1.4 million teens have used it to achieve straighter teeth and more attractive smiles. Our friend and Crestview Orthodontist Clay Sims has said Invisalign has gotten more popular every single year of his practice.
What are the most noteworthy benefits of Invisalign?
There are many advantages to Invisalign over traditional metal braces. The most noteworthy ones, however, are its discreteness, comfort, and removability.
Call Gladwell Orthodontics Today for More Information
If you are still concerned about how Invisalign will affect the way you talk, call Gladwell Orthodontics at (919) 453-6325 to schedule an appointment with Invisalign Specialist Dr. Jason Gladwell. He will provide you with further information on Invisalign as well as how you can get rid of any lisp or speech impediments that may arise.