A 44-year-old member asked:
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will i have trouble speaking when i get my palate expander?

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Dr. David Mann
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Palate expander: No, your voice should be fine.
Answered on Dec 12, 2012
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Temporaritly: Palatal expander usually causes temporarily change of speech. The most discomfort from the palatal expander would be tongue pain caused by impingement of the tongue during functioning. All these symptoms are usually temporarily.
Answered on Feb 17, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
For a few days: Takes some getting used to. By the end of a week 95% of the speech change will have disappeared, and the last 5% will disappear when expander removed. Make sure you are seeing a qualified orthodontic specialist for this procedure.
Answered on Jun 3, 2013

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