Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar in design to standard fixed braces, except they are fixed to the backside of the teeth making them invisible and a more cosmetically appealing alternative. Lingual braces work in the same way as standard braces to correct crowding and gaps. Unlike standard braces, which use mass-produced parts, lingual braces have to be made especially for the patient’s mouth.

What are the advantages?

The obvious advantage of lingual braces is the fact that they are hidden, improving your smile cosmetically while you undergo dental treatment. It is possible to combine lingual and standard braces, by using the innovative lingual design on the upper teeth and the standard model on the lower teeth, which are usually more naturally hidden. This will save time and money.

What are the disadvantages?

Lingual braces may be better cosmetically, but they are also more expensive than standard braces because of the need to produce individual parts. They are also more difficult to fit, meaning that fitting appointments may take longer. Lingual braces are not suitable for everyone; they will not work on people with certain bite problems or small teeth. If you choose to have lingual braces fitted, you will need to find a dentist in your area trained in using them, as they are not as widespread as standard braces. Lingual braces take longer to have an effect than standard braces, typically between one and three years.

How are they fitted?

Fitting is similar to standard braces, taking place over the space of two visits to the dental surgery. During the first visit, a mould is taken of the teeth to be fitted with the lingual braces, which is then sent away for the specific parts to be manufactured. On the second visit, the parts are attached by being stuck to cement, which is applied directly to the backside of the teeth.

After the fitting

You may experience some discomfort after having the braces fitted, and you will need to adjust your speech and swallowing to accommodate the extra material in your mouth. If you suffer from pain after your appointment, prepare a mouthwash by dissolving household salt in warm water, which will help ease any discomfort. It is important to take good care of your teeth while braces are attached as there is more chance of food getting caught in the metal and causing tooth decay. Brush after every meal, use mouthwash and attend regular dental hygiene check-ups as well as your orthodontic appointments.