Many of our patients at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics face difficulties with talking when they first get their braces. Here are some tips to help you get used to talking while wearing braces!
Having a hard time speaking with your new braces? This is actually a very common problem!
So don't worry; With a little practice, and by following some of these steps, you’ll be back to speaking as you always do in no time.
1. First things first: remember that this is temporary!
Your brackets and arch wires, or invisible aligners will definitely feel weird at first, and your tongue and facial muscles will struggle to move as they normally do when you speak. But don’t worry, your oral structures will adjust soon enough.
2. Learn about speech functions
Learning all about how your whole body contributes to your ability to speak is not only interesting; it will also give you the tools you need to get back to speaking normally, faster.
3. Dental wax is your friend!
Using dental wax on your brackets will allow you to speak more comfortably, since it provides a smoother surface, and more glide.
4. Consider self-ligating or lingual braces
Typically, our patients who go for these lower profile braces options tend to have fewer problems talking at the start of treatment.
5. Practice makes perfect!
To start regaining your normal speaking abilities, the best thing you can do is to practice!. Some good ways to practice talking with your braces include:
- speaking or reading aloud
- speech drills
Also try recording yourself speaking, and listening to the recording to catch your trouble areas. If you’re really having a hard time, practice speaking slowly and really enunciating each word carefully.