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Lingual Braces

 

If you have always wanted straighter teeth but don’t fancy wearing very obvious braces, lingual braces could be the answer. This clever orthodontic system is ideal for adults as it offers an effective but much more subtle way to move teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, which are fixed to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are positioned on the inside (lingual) surface of the teeth so they are hidden from view. This discreet brace works in a similar way to conventional braces, providing precise movement but in a much less obvious and more comfortable way.

Benefits

  • Virtually invisible as they are hidden discreetly on the back of teeth. This also helps to avoid visible marking on the teeth and lessens the effects on your speech and ability to eat.
  • Suitable for all ages and can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues including tooth rotation.
  • Custom-made for each patient for comfort and precise results.
  • Suitable for people with nickel allergies as the brackets are made from gold alloy.

Treatment steps

  • Impressions are taken of your teeth and the brace components are produced in a special laboratory.
  • Your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and the brackets attached with a dental adhesive. The wire will then be shaped and fitted between the brackets.
  • You will need to return for adjustments every 6-8 weeks.

Aftercare

As with most orthodontic treatment, you may experience a little discomfort when your lingual brace is first fitted but over-the-counter painkillers should help during this period of adjustment.

You might want to stick to a softer diet for a few days as you may initially find it difficult to eat. You will be able to introduce harder items as you get used to your brace but it may be a good idea to cut up food so it is easier to eat. And try to steer clear of fizzy drinks and sugary treats to minimise damage to your teeth.

It’s important to brush at least twice a day and clean in between your teeth. Interdental brushes can help you get to all those hard to reach places, especially around the brackets.