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Will I still be able to talk clearly when I get braces?

I have friends who started wearing braces and started talking with a lisp. Does this go away or will people laugh at me because of this?
asked in Orthodontics Forum by Mr.Smiley (22 points)  

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There will be a lisp, at least for some days, until you are able to get used to them. In my case it subsided after a while, which was good, since I had a daiky radio show. Some people are able to hide it better than the others, but you shouldn't worry too much. I mean no person in their right mind would make fun of you, this is a temporary issue and a treatment you need to solve other serious issues.
answered by dojo (111 points)  
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Your lisp will last up to a few weeks until your mouth gets used to the new equipment in there. I am a week in with my new ceramic braces and my speech is a little better than the first few days. I'm in corporate and talking to people all day so it's really hard.

Trying to "hide" your braces and talk with a closed mouth will make it worst. Speak clearly with a wide mouth and speak a little slower if you normally talk fast.

Also putting wax where the equipment is brushing against your tongue will help.
answered by kmsm (6 points)  
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