Can a Dentist Correct a Lisp?
Speaking with a lisp affects many people and the proper treatment of the condition will depend upon the underlying cause. Lisping occurs when the tongue makes improper contact with the roof of the mouth, which leads to difficulty pronouncing certain letters.
In a number of cases misaligned teeth are usually the culprits and a dentist can check for possible cases of an:
– An overbite where the upper teeth sit too far forward.
– An underbite where the lower set of teeth extend beyond the upper set.
– An open bite where the upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed.
These conditions are known as malocclusions — and orthodontic treatment can correct these bite problems which may be causing the lisp. Other oral issues related to lisping include a tongue tie and tongue thrust which can also be diagnosed and treated by a dentist.