Did you know that chronic speech problems can be caused by the misalignment, or malocclusion, of your teeth? Dr. Hummert of Garden State Orthodontics in Springfield, NJ knows that these and other oral health care issues can be resolved with the help of an experienced orthodontist.
Do you have a lisp? Do you whistle when pronouncing certain sounds or words? Do people complain that you mumble? Then orthodontic treatments with Dr. Hummert of Garden State Orthodontics may be the key to regaining your clear speech, straight teeth, and healthy mouth.
Types of Malocclusions
There are a number of common problems that can result in speech impediments, all of which are treatable by an orthodontist.
- When someone grinds or clenches their teeth while they sleep at night. This can lead to a sore jaw in the morning and, if left untreated, can result in jaw disorders that affect speech.
- Open Bite. When the upper and lower teeth extend forward from the jaw and do not fit together optimally when the mouth is closed. The problem is rooted in habits from early childhood (for example, thumb sucking). Open bite is a common cause of speech impediments, uneven tooth wear, and can interfere with proper oral hygiene.
- Gaps between the teeth. When there is significant space between two teeth, or a tooth is missing. This may make it difficult to pronounce certain words or “ess”
How an Orthodontist Can Fix a Speech Impediment
Dental malocclusions don’t go away on their own. If you suffer from any of these types of orthodontic issues, you will need an orthodontist to bring your teeth into alignment. Braces can correct any type of misalignment and possibly reduce or eliminate speech problems. With braces, brackets are affixed to the front of the teeth, and an archwire is run through them, which will slowly situate the teeth into their optimal location. (Remedial speech therapy may also be indicated so that, as the teeth are repositioned, the patient can get used to pronouncing words or sounds that were once problematic.)
If you don’t like the idea of being treated with metal braces, there are other types of braces for you to choose from that are more discreet. Tooth-colored ceramic braces, hidden lingual braces, or clear Invisalign aligners are all great options offered by the orthodontist team at Garden State Orthodontics.
Tips and Tricks
To prevent your lips or cheeks from becoming irritated by your braces, dental wax can be placed over your brackets or wires. Dr. Hummert and the Garden State Orthodontics team will show you how.
Some patients may find that their speech is inhibited due to the installation of their new braces. There are some exercises that can help a patient improve their speech while being treated by an orthodontist. Try speaking a little slower. You can then more easily adjust your speech to the way you want it to sound. Singing can help strengthen mouth and cheek muscles, making speech a more controlled movement. Reading aloud may help with your pronunciation and your speech projection while wearing braces.
If you’d like to find out if your speech impediment is caused by your teeth and how you can fix it, an orthodontist like Dr. Hummert can help. To schedule a consultation in Springfield, NJ, contact Garden State Orthodontics today at: (973) 379-4471
Dr. Hummert is the expert orthodontist at Garden State Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, Union, NJ, Summit, NJ, or the 07081 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471