Reviewed by Dr. Sam Muslin | Last Updated on 05/19/2020
We see patients that are young and old that have problems speaking clearly. A young person usually has jaw position problems and the older person usually has tongue space problems because the jaw position gets worse with age. Structural problems are generally related to the way the bite is functioning. Many patients get speech therapy, but the structural problems prevent a clear speaking ability. The effectiveness of speech therapy is limited until the structural bite problem and teeth length and angle problems are resolved. We have found that you don't need jaw surgery or braces to correct skeletal and structural problems with overbites and underbites all of the time. The Face Lift Dentistry® method has proven that these problems can be successfully treated with JawTrac® and VENLAY® Bite Restoration without surgery or braces.
All age groups have trouble speaking clearly for one reason or another but it does get worse with age. Our older patients have lost facial height because of their worn-down teeth and bite, and there is not enough room for their tongue and not enough height to their jaw position in order to be able to speak and function normally. Difficulty speaking clearly, having the jaw position getting worse with age, smaller airway passages, and less tongue space available are at the root of the problems.
Once we realize that we have difficulty speaking, many patients try not to talk too much so that they don't embarrass themselves. It gets worse with time, and sometimes anxiety and depression can result in complete social withdrawal.
The medical term for Speaking Difficulty is Dysarthria, which is a speech disorder caused by disturbance of muscular control. We have found that when the bite and teeth shape is improved, and the jaw is moved into a more ideal position, then speech clarity improves remarkably. This is a quick process when using the JawTrac® Ideal Jaw Technology with VENLAY® Restorations.
For this patient, she had a skeletal and structural problem with her bite that caused the functional issues speaking clearly along with TMJ issues. The lack of effective muscular control resulted from having the wrong bite, teeth lengths, and tooth angles. She had cosmetic problems that she wanted to be improved so she was asking for functionality, comfort and aesthetic results that could help her feel better. The Face Lift Dentistry® Method is a comprehensive treatment for functionality, head, and neck comfort, along with cosmetics that are above and beyond cosmetic dentistry.
She cannot hear and reads lips. This young woman had the courage to seek solutions to improve her life. She left the office and returned later. She said, "I want to hug the doctor." She hugged Dr. Muslin and said: "You have inspired me." It was an honor to treat such a remarkable person.
When the jaw is in the ideal position, and the right form for the teeth are coordinated with the new jaw position, a normal or improved function can follow. We need to have the right form or structure in order to have improved function. The goals of the Face Lift Dentistry® Method are to establish the optimal structure for the optimal function.
Seniors have difficulty speaking, but they are usually unaware of the problem. It slowly crept up on them over many years, and they have no idea how much their lives can improve with the functional and aesthetic aspects of this non-invasive method. Grandchildren usually speak their minds without knowing they can hurt us. They may bring up how yellow our teeth look or that they cannot understand us. The great part of grandchildren is that their honesty causes grandparents to "up their game" cosmetically and functionally. One of our recent seniors said, "You have no idea how many problems you have until you get this treatment".