Did you know that your teeth and their position can affect the way you speak? In conjunction with your tongue, oropharynx, and lips, your teeth have a significant part in the articulation of consonants or your way of speaking. One of the first things that people notice is the way you smile and how you talk. If you have speech problems that are caused by misalignment and other dental problems, orthodontics can help you.
Apart from correcting teeth misalignment and biting issues, an orthodontist can also help in improving speech problems through orthodontic treatment management. Orthodontic treatment can enhance the appearance of your teeth, improve your speech and chewing function, and helps protect your teeth from decay or damage. To achieve these goals, braces, Invisalign, and other dental devices are usually used to treat malocclusion and in turn, helps improve speech defects.
According to a study about speech disorders and orthodontics, three possible mechanisms can show how malocclusion and speech problems are connected. These mechanisms are about a genetic or metabolic disorder that leads to poor motor control, occlusal problems or skeletal problems, and lastly structural problems affecting articulatory skills.
To learn more about how orthodontics can help manage speech problems or to learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment, you can contact or visit our office at Unionville Orthodontics in Markham, Ontario.
-The Unionville Orthodontics Team