Lingual braces are fixed, metal braces that are placed behind the teeth and therefore hidden from view. This is a great option for patients who want to straighten their teeth without visible braces.
Some other teeth straightening options such as Invisalign are almost invisible but, because they are removable, rely on patients remembering to wear them for a minimum of 20 hours a day in order for them to be most effective.
Other fixed brace options such as Quick Straight Teeth are much more discreet than traditional metal braces, but they sit on top of your teeth so they are not hidden like Lingual braces.
What can Lingual braces do for me?
Lingual braces can be used to address all manner of teeth misalignment and are suitable for all age groups including children and adolescents as long as they have their adult teeth. In most cases, patients opt for Lingual braces for professional or aesthetic reasons; so that getting the straight teeth they desire won’t affect their working or social life.
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Treatment time varies from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the misalignment of the teeth. The advanced technology used to make the customised brackets along with precise placement and adjustments, means your teeth will move in the most efficient way possible.
As with all types of braces, every patient reacts differently. However, most patients do not experience a speech difficulties. The few patients who do experience a minor speech impediment during the first couple of weeks find that this improves with each passing day. The same goes for eating, you may experience some discomfort after each adjustment but this passes quickly and you can eat normally.
As with any orthodontic appliance, good oral hygiene is essential to ensure the success of the braces as well as preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
- Brush twice a day for at least two minutes as normal.
- Interdental brushes are a must as normal flossing will be difficult with the braces on. Use them inbetween teeth as well as inbetween the wires and brackets of the braces every time you brush and also after eating.
- Using an oral irrigation device can also help to flush out food debris around the brackets and teeth after eating.
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash to strengthen the teeth.