Lingual “Invisible” Braces

What are Lingual Braces?

Unlike conventional braces, where the brackets and wires are fitted to the outer surfaces of teeth, lingual braces are fitted to the inner surfaces and are virtually invisible. The brackets look similar to conventional brace brackets and are cemented onto lingual tooth surfaces, nearest to the tongue. Lingual brace brackets are a little different from conventional brace brackets in that they are generally smaller and smoother, so they are more comfortable to wear.

What are the Advantages of Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are virtually impossible to see and because they are fixed braces, can correct most bite problems. The brace brackets can be customised to fit more comfortably inside your teeth and to ensure they work efficiently. If you play contact sports, it can be safer to wear lingual braces, although a well-fitting sports mouthguard is highly recommended. People who play a wind instrument might prefer lingual braces over conventional braces that could interfere with playing.

What to Expect When You Have Lingual Braces?

Treatment can be more expensive than conventional fixed braces because the brackets may need to be adjusted and require longer to fit. The braces can take a little longer to thoroughly clean because they are on the inner surfaces of teeth, but there are special tools to help you clean these braces more easily. Initially, lingual braces can cause a lisp as your tongue normally touches the inner tooth surfaces to form specific sounds. Your tongue may become sore as it touches the braces until you get used to them. However, your speech will quickly adapt, and the braces will soon feel more comfortable as you become accustomed to your lingual braces.

Lingual braces are not suitable for everyone as they could interfere with the way your teeth bite together and could lead to the brackets popping off your teeth frequently. If you have significant bite problems, conventional braces may be a better solution.

The thought of having nearly invisible braces is appealing for people with careers requiring them to meet with clients or other professionals regularly and who dislike the thought of more visible braces. The option will also appeal to image-conscious adolescents and teens.


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