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Talking with Braces

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Talking with Braces

Many of our patients at Austin Heights Orthodontics have some trouble talking when they first get their braces. Here are some tips to help you get used to talking while wearing braces!


It's perfectly normal to have a hard time speaking when your braces are first applied. It's is actually a very common problem, so no need to feel embarrassed!

With a little patience, and by following some of these steps, you’ll get used to speaking with braces in no time.

1. Remember: this is temporary!

Your brackets and arch wires, or invisible aligners will feel pretty weird at first, and they'll make it difficult for your tongue and facial muscles to move the way they're supposed to when you speak. But your oral structures will adjust soon enough to these new feelings, and you'll barely notice them.

2. Learn about speech functions

Learning about how your whole body contributes to your ability to speak is actually pretty fascinating, and it will also provide you with the tools you need to get back to speaking normally, faster.

3. Use Wax

Some of our patients find that using dental wax on their brackets allows them to speak more comfortably, because it provides a smoother surface.

4. Consider self-ligating or lingual braces

Patients who go for these lower profile braces options often have a little less trouble talking at the start of treatment.

5. Practice makes perfect!

The best thing you can do to start speaking normally is to practice! Some good ways to do this include:

  • singing
  • speaking or reading aloud
  • speech drills

You may also find it helps to record yourself speaking. Listen back to the recording to catch your trouble areas. And if you’re really having a hard time, practice speaking slowly and really enunciating each word carefully.

If you’re struggling to speak with your braces, or if you need more tips and advice on the subject, feel free to contact our team! We’d be glad to help.