Posted on May 16, 2019
Lingual braces have been strengthening teeth without anyone feeling their presence. The braces are placed on the lingual, or tongue side, of the teeth, hiding them from view. So we here at Jacaranda Smiles tried to explain everything you need to know about lingual braces.
Lingual braces are similar to standard metal braces, only difference is that they are placed along the tongue side of the teeth. They consist of metal brackets and wires that are used to move the teeth with gentle pressure over time in order to put them in required position.
First, our orthodontists will take an accurate scan of teeth which will then be used in a lab to fabricate braces to perfectly fit your teeth, and designed to have the desired outcome. Placement is simple, and involves using a special adhesive to stick the braces to the teeth. Once the braces are on, the wires will be positioned accordingly.
Their primary advantage is that they are much more discrete than regular braces because they are so much harder to see. Unless looked closely inside your mouth, brackets and wires on the backs of your teeth would be completely invisible.
The biggest disadvantage for many patients is that they are harder to get used to, and are more uncomfortable than standard braces. In some cases, speech might be affected and it can take some time for you to speak normally. A slight lisp in your speech might be noticed which wasn’t present before.
Lingual braces can be difficult to be cleaned, because of their placement. Extra care needs to be taken while brushing for the same. Alternatives such as toothbrush with smaller head can used. Braces should be regularly cleaned after every meal and snack.
It varies from individual to individual. Average time spent required is between 18 and 30 months, however, exact treatment time is dependent on the severity of the case, as well as how care is taken throughout the process.
Lingual braces are more expensive than traditional metal braces, and generally cost more than clear aligners as well.
They are a great option for people looking for a way to more discretely straighten their teeth, but some patients with certain bites or malocclusions may not be ideal candidates for lingual braces. So it is always suggested to take a professional opinion from an orthodontist before using them.
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