If you’d like straighter teeth but have been put off by traditional braces, lingual braces could be for you. This clever orthodontic system is particularly suited for adults being an effective, yet subtle way to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.
Whereas regular braces are fixed to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are discreetly positioned on the inside (lingual) surface of the teeth, hidden from view.
Firstly, dental impressions are taken of your teeth. The individually-designed brace components are then produced in a special laboratory.
When you come back to the practice for fitting, we will thoroughly clean your teeth before attaching the brackets with a dental adhesive. The dental wire is then shaped and fitted between the brackets.
Patients with lingual braces generally return for regular adjustments every 6 to 8 weeks.
It’s quite normal for some patients to experience a little discomfort when a lingual brace is first fitted. Your dentist will advise you how to minimise any effects, however over-the-counter painkillers frequently help make this period of adjustment more comfortable.
To make eating easier during the first few days, we advise patients to eat softer food or cut food up into smaller pieces. You should always try to avoid fizzy drinks and sugary treats to minimise damage to your teeth and braces.
It’s also important to brush at least twice a day and clean in between your teeth. Interdental brushes can help get to all those hard to reach places, especially around the brackets.
Working in a similar way to conventional braces, lingual braces provide precise movement of teeth but in a less obvious and more comfortable way. During your consultation, your dentist will explain the treatment in detail and tell you if it’s right for you.Back to Teeth Straightening