Been putting off orthodontic treatment because you can’t face a lengthy treatment period with a mouthful of embarrassing metal braces? Lingual braces might be the solution you’ve been waiting for!
What are lingual braces?
Similar to conventional braces in terms of the type of hardware and orthodontic principles involved, lingual braces are mounted on the back (tongue side) of the teeth, making them all but invisible to others. As with traditional braces, the brackets are cemented onto your teeth and connected with arch wires, which apply gentle, continuous pressure on the teeth to help them shift into the desired position.
What are the advantages of lingual braces?
Many adult patients are opting for lingual braces over other brace types – in fact, they are a popular choice among celebrities! Some advantages include:
- Aesthetics – Because the braces are fitted to the back of the teeth, they are generally non-visible to others. This is a big advantage for patients in client-facing industries who rely on making a positive first impression.
- Less risk of staining – Since lingual braces are worn on the backside of the teeth, patients do not need to worry about staining, which can sometimes occur with conventional braces.
- Custom fit – The brackets and wires of lingual brace systems are custom made, ensuring that specialist orthodontist Ben Buffham can precisely fit the appliance inside the teeth and accurately move them into their desired position.
- Visible progress – Since the brace hardware is on the inside of the teeth, patients can see improvements to the appearance of their teeth as they occur. This helps to provide motivation during treatment.
How long is the treatment process?
Treatment time may vary depending on the severity of your overcrowding or misalignment issue, however the average length of treatment is between 18-36 months. Our specialist orthodontist, Ben, will be able to give you a clearer idea of how long you will need to wear your braces during an initial consultation.
Will lingual braces affect my lifestyle?
Lingual braces will have a minimal impact on your lifestyle, however, they can take a few days to get used to because they are fitted to the inside surface of your teeth. You should also consider:
- Food restrictions – As with conventional braces, you should avoid eating sticky foods such as toffee that can get stuck in your brace hardware, or hard foods that may damage your braces.
- Contact sports – You should wear a mouth guard to protect your braces when taking part in any sports or rigorous physical activities. If in doubt, ask your dentist.
- Speech – When you are first adjusting to your lingual braces you may find that you develop a slight lisp or struggle to pronounce certain words. However, this will disappear over time as your mouth adapts to the new brace hardware.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with our specialist orthodontist, Ben Buffham, contact one of our friendly team members today.