You may think that crooked teeth are just a cosmetic problem. Unfortunately, misaligned teeth can also make a patient more prone to gum disease and jaw problems. In addition, crooked teeth may cause speech problems.
Your teeth are a vital element to proper speech and articulation. There are certain words and sounds that are very challenging to pronounce if teeth are crooked or misaligned. Crooked teeth can cause a lisp or whistling. These speech impediments, affecting both children and adults, can be further complicated if the patient develops stuttering as an ancillary problem. Whether a patient suffers from a lisp or stuttering issue, it can profoundly impact their self-confidence, social interactions and career.
The good news is that speech impediments caused by teeth misalignment can be corrected with orthodontics. It is never too late to seek orthodontic treatment. Park South Dentistry offers Invisalign for teens and adults to correct teeth that are gapped, protruding, crowded or otherwise misaligned. Not only can you gain a beautifully straight smile with orthodontics, but you can also achieve proper speech habits for an improved quality of life. Invisalign is a preferred orthodontic solution for many patients. It involves clear aligner trays that are virtually invisible to others. Patients can choose to remove the trays while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, making it a highly convenient braces alternative.
To learn more about why straightening your smile is an invaluable investment, please contact Park South Dentistry. We can determine if crooked teeth are causing your speech problems.