Invisalign orthodontic treatments offer a number of benefits for a comfortable and subtle way to achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile. However, since this treatment involves a piece of plastic going over your teeth where your tongue connects to form words, some patients can worry that wearing their aligners can result and they’re developing a lisp.
While this is a possibility, we’re happy to say that it’s not one you have to worry about for a long.
Can Invisalign Give Me a Lisp?
Orthodontics Can Affect Your Speech
For starters, any orthodontic treatment, not just Invisalign, runs the risk of altering the way you speak. This is often because there are new pieces of equipment in your mouth that you will likely have to adjust to.
Since Invisalign sit on your teeth where your tongue presses to form words, it’s not uncommon for patients to develop a lisp when they first begin wearing the aligners. Typically, this applies to the “s” or “sh” sounds.
Will the Lisp Last Forever?
The good news here is that no, it won’t. While you may have that lisp for a short while when you first begin wearing your aligners, your body is very adaptive and will adjust to the treatment in order to have you speaking normally.
You can also practice speech techniques and work on the pronunciation that you now having trouble saying. Try reading aloud or performing enunciation challenges to get back to your regular way of speaking more quickly