Will Braces Affect My Speech?

Getting braces is a big step on the road to a straight smile, and it’s natural to have questions. Many people wonder if braces will change the way they talk. At Manhattan Family Orthodontics, we’re here to explore how braces and speech work together. We’ll clear up any misunderstandings and help you understand if braces will affect your speech.

Talking Through Braces

When you first get braces, you might notice some changes in your speech. These changes are a common experience for many, but it’s important for you to remember that they are usually temporary.

At first, your mouth and tongue need to adapt to your new braces. This can cause a slight lisp or difficulty in pronouncing certain words. Specifically, any words that need more tongue movement can be more difficult.

The good news is that these speech changes are typically mild and short-lived. You may find that after a few days to a couple of weeks, your speech returns to normal as you get accustomed to your braces. During this adjustment period, it’s helpful to practice speaking at home. Practicing can speed up the process of getting comfortable with your new braces.

Any speech changes are a normal part of the orthodontic journey. They are a temporary step towards achieving a healthier, straighter smile. If you do find the changes in your speech challenging, don’t hesitate to discuss them with us.

The ABCs Of Braces

The best way to understand how braces can impact your speech is first to understand them! Braces are one of the most common tools of our practice, designed to align and straighten your teeth over time. 

Braces In Action

Braces are made up of brackets that attach to your teeth, connected by wires. These parts work together to apply gentle pressure, gradually shifting your teeth into the correct position. This process is the foundation to create both an aesthetic and functional smile for you to shine bright.

Adapting To Your Braces

When you first get braces, they may feel out of place in your mouth. This new sensation can temporarily throw off how you speak. As you gradually get used to having your braces, your tongue and mouth muscles will get more comfortable with their presence. It’s like learning to ride a bike; at first, it’s a challenge, but soon it becomes second nature. 

We do offer alternatives to braces if they prove to be too difficult. Clear aligners are an option that is clear and less intrusive. They fit snugly over your teeth, making them less noticeable, and often have less of an impact on speech. Aligners can also be removed if needed. 

Will Braces Affect My Speech?

Braces & Improved Speech

Orthodontic treatment with braces can help in rectifying speech-related issues. Misaligned teeth or an improper bite can hinder clear speech. Braces work to correct these misalignments, allowing you to say words more clearly.

Let’s look at a few ways braces can help your speech improve:

  • Aligning Your Jaw With Braces: An imbalanced bite can make it difficult to create motions to produce certain sounds. You may also not enjoy speaking due to the discomfort that can come from an imbalanced jaw. By correcting the jaw alignment, braces aid in creating more effective speech patterns
  • Gaining Speech Confidence: Beyond physical improvements, having a straighter, healthier smile boosts confidence. New confidence can translate into having clearer and more assertive speech.
  • Overcoming Lisp & Whistling With Braces: MIsaligned teeth often cause a lisp or whistling sound when pronouncing ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds. Braces align the teeth, reducing these issues.

At Manhattan Family Orthodontics, we’ve seen the wonders a straight smile can have on speech clarity and confidence. Our goal is to guide you and make sure you’re informed on all of the benefits your treatment can bring, including speech improvement.


Navigating Your Braces

Adjusting to your braces is a crucial part of your journey. As we mentioned, the presence of braces in your mouth may feel unusual, affecting how you talk and eat. It’s normal to experience some discomfort and speech changes as your tongue and mouth adjust.

Here are a few tips to help you to adapt to your braces:

  • Keeping Braces Clean: With braces, maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent discomfort from food particles or plaque buildup around your brackets.
  • Braces-Friendly Diet Choices: Start with softer foods such as rice or potatoes. These can reduce discomfort and make eating easier.
  • Speech Practice: Spend time at home reading aloud or having conversations to get used to speaking with braces.
  • Patience & Progress: Remember, it takes time to adjust to your braces. Be patient with yourself as your mouth adapts.

As you get used to your braces, it’s good to remember that these challenges are just temporary hurdles on your path to a new smile. If you have concerns, Manhattan Family Orthodontics is here to support you every step of the way. 


Will Braces Affect My Speech?

Start Your Smile Journey With Manhattan Family Orthodontics

In the beginning, braces might change how you speak, but remember, it’s just for a little while. As you move towards a healthier and more beautiful smile, our team at Manhattan Family Orthodontics is here to support and guide you. Thinking about getting started or have some questions? Schedule your free consultation today! We’re excited to help you on your way to a smile that makes you feel proud and confident.