Many patients come to us with speech impediments, wanting to know if it is too late to fix the root problem. They wonder if they are too old to get professional help with orthodontic treatments.
This could be because a lot of therapists nowadays focus on telling parents about the need for putting their kids and young children through speech therapy. You may have seen a lot of emphasis on younger patients getting the procedures done. You may also wonder if it’s unnecessary to worry about your appearance as you get older.
When to Get Orthodontic Treatments
If you have had the same speech problems for years, is it worth seeing an orthodontist in your middle age or even later years? How old is too old for orthodontic treatments and therapy?
Here’s the short answer: You’re never too old for orthodontic treatments. The right time to see an orthodontist is simply whenever you have questions about your teeth. Specifically, their alignment.
Sometimes, you may feel pain when biting or closing your mouth. Or, you may notice certain teeth slightly protruding. Perhaps you never noticed anything different, but one day, you feel a little awkward when biting.
Any time you have concerns or questions, you should ask an orthodontist. Only once you have a proper examination can you know what the real cause of your discomfort is. And remember: Only the professional orthodontist has the training and skills to diagnose you properly.
If you notice that your jaws feel awkward or painful or make a clicking sound when opening and closing, you may have orthodontic problems. Facial asymmetry can be hereditary, or it can be fixed with a simple orthodontic dental correction. The procedure is often quick and easy — once you know the root of the problem.
Orthodontic Examinations for Children
The American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that by the age of 7, kids should undergo your orthodontic examinations. The reason for this is that it’s a very crucial stage of their teeth’s development.
The orthodontist needs to be able to gauge whether the mouth can accommodate all the adult teeth which will soon come in. If not, the orthodontist can take preventative measures to ensure proper growth. If examined at this stage, there are better chances for the child’s teeth and jaw to grow and function properly. The consequences of not tending to dental problems early on could be painful and even costlier.
Orthodontic Treatments for Older Patients
While these type of dental examinations and treatments can be successful at any age, don’t wait until you are much older to get treatment.
That said, the possibilities for older patients who need dental fixtures are endless. Nowadays, you can get quality-made clear aligners, translucent ceramic brackets and even translucent braces. The cosmetic dental industry has helped to shape the way aligned teeth look and make them more natural and attractive.
But besides just looking better, you should strive for well-aligned teeth to boost your overall health. When you have a good bite and nothing is hurting and out of place, you function and do your everyday work much better. Once you invest in healthier teeth, they can last you a lifetime. This is why you should never delay getting orthodontic treatments — the sooner, the better!
Fixing Speech Problems With Orthodontic Treatments
Sometimes, speech impediments and disorders are caused by a misalignment of the teeth. If you are born with a cleft palate, you may suffer hearing and speaking disabilities. The good news is that these common difficulties can now be improved and even fixed with the proper orthodontic treatment.
If the underlying issue is directly related to the teeth and jaws, your orthodontist may be able to correct and solve the speaking impediment. There are other common speech problems that patients have overcome after getting help with orthodontic treatments. These include:
Lisps and Uncontrolled Whistling
Some patients who seem to talk with a lisp simply have an overtime or extra spacing between their teeth. This is not a permanent problem and can easily be fixed.
Difficulty With Speaking Consonants Clearly
An underbite, crossfit or even crowded mouth due to too many teeth growing can also cause this speech impediment. Again, it is an issue that is easily and quickly “cured” with orthodontic treatments and procedures.
What should you do if you suspect that you have fixable speech disorders? The first plan of action would be to get an appointment with your orthodontist. Next, you can have a personal consultation and start on getting proper treatments.
During the procedure and timetable of treatments, it is common to feel some discomfort. You will be relearning certain speech habits and may need to undergo further therapy. We encourage you to combine speech therapy with orthodontics for the best results.
Whether you are 7 years old or 70, it is never too early or late to improve your life. If this sounds like something you would like to get help with, call us for an appointment with an orthodontist today.
We provide personalized orthodontic treatments and will work with you towards your goals. For any other dental requirements, you can also call us to schedule a check-up and consultation.