What adults have to contend with is very much the result of old habits of compensation for inadequate tongue mobility. The areas of difficulty spread to include social and domestic situations, self-esteem, the work environment, and dental health. Thus it is seen that the consequences of unrepaired tongue tie do not reduce with time – instead, more difficulties are experienced as time passes.
The specific challenges an adult with a tongue tie may face include:
- Inability to open the mouth widely affects speech and eating habits.
- Always having to watch their speech
- Inability to speak clearly when talking fast/loud/soft
- Difficulty talking after even moderate amounts of alcohol
- Clicking the jaws
- Pain in the jaws
- Protrusion of the lower jaws, inferior prognathism.
- Multiple effects in work situations.
- Effects on social situations, eating out, kissing, relationships
Dental health, a tendency to have inflamed gums, and increased need for fillings and extractions
- Sensitivity about personal appearance
- Emotional factors resulting in rising levels of stress
- Tongue tie in the elderly often makes it difficult to keep a denture in place.