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How lingual braces may affect your speech?

How lingual braces may affect your speech?

Whilst the benefits of lingual braces are obvious, unlike braces which attach to the front of the teeth, lingual are attached on the back and can sometimes cause patients to lisp and may take a little bit of getting used to.

But practice makes perfect

Often patients adapt within a couple of weeks and the more you practice talking with your lingual brace on the quicker your speech will return to normal.

Some of our patients find it useful to read the Rainbow Passage aloud several times a day. This passage was developed by speech pathologists and contains many of the sounds and sound combination found in the English language.

Rainbow Passage

When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act like a prism and form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colours. These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon. There is, according to a legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People look, but no one ever finds it. When a man looks for something beyond its reach, his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

(Fairbanks, G. (1960), Voice and Articulation Drillbook, New York: Harper & Row, pp. 124-139)

How do you feel when you smile?

“When I smile, I know my teeth aren’t straight, so I smile with my mouth closed. I always feel awkward in photos, my confidence has left me and I just don’t know where to start.”
Sue, 33, VIC

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