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Disguise Your Treatment With Lingual Braces
When we think of getting our teeth straightened, a full mouth of metal comes to mind. This is because for years that was the most effective way to achieve straight teeth. Wearing braces meant having to grin and bear noticeable metal brackets and wires throughout the duration of your treatment. Fortunately, those days are over.
Instead, lingual braces are the ideal way to receive the benefits of orthodontic treatment while being completely invisible to your friends and family. In fact, the only two people who need to know you’re having your teeth straightened are you and your orthodontist.
So What Exactly are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces work exactly the same as conventional braces, except that they are placed on the inside surface of your teeth rather than the outside surface. This means that although they still use metal wires and custom brackets, since they’re attached to the inside surface of your teeth when you smile, talk or laugh, they’re completely unnoticeable.
Just like traditional braces that are placed on the front of the teeth, lingual braces work the same by applying gentle and continuous pressure to help the teeth move slowly into the desired position. Also just like other braces you would visit your orthodontist every 6-8 weeks to check the progress of tooth movement and to make necessary adjustments.
Lingual braces are designed digitally and custom-made for each particular patient. They fit the inside of the teeth discreetly and comfortably and achieve the best results. Some of the most commonly used brands are Incognito braces, Suresmile, and Harmony braces. These all offer the same benefits of a fixed braces system in that they produce outstanding results, however, they’re designed to do it in secret.
What Are the Main Differences to Conventional Braces?
The 4 main differences that lingual brace systems have over conventional appliances are:
- The brackets are placed on the back of your teeth, instead of the front
- Treatment is invisible, so no metal can be seen when you smile
- Lingual braces are generally custom-made to fit your teeth
- Not all orthodontists are trained in the use of lingual braces
Can Anyone Wear Lingual Braces?
The only sure way to find out if lingual braces would best suit you is to have a consultation with an orthodontist. In general, these braces are suitable for patients of all ages who want to straighten their teeth but are particularly suited to teens and adults who don’t want to be seen wearing braces for aesthetic or professional reasons. Lingual braces are the ideal alternative to clear aligners since they’re fixed in place, which means that they can’t be misplaced or not worn.
Benefits of Lingual Braces
- Without a doubt, the biggest benefit is that you can achieve straight teeth discreetly. With all the custom-fit braces placed behind your teeth, many patients complete treatment without anyone being aware of it at all.
- This, of course, leads to improved confidence not only after treatment but during, as your teeth begin to move into the desired position.
- Many patients like that the braces are fixed in place since this means there is no temptation to remove the braces, and no risk of misplacing or losing them.
- Lingual braces can treat a wide range of problems such as crowding, protrusion, cross bites, open bites and closing gaps. This makes them a great choice for just about everyone.
Will My Speech Be Affected?
While you may not want people to see your braces, you don’t want them to be able to hear that you’re wearing them, either. On the whole, lingual braces are easy to wear. Your tongue may need a little time to adapt, which is easily fixed by speaking or reading aloud regularly to help your mouth adapt faster. Your Orthodontist may also be able to make subtle adjustments to help as well. As with anything new in your mouth, you will need a couple of days to get used to them.
Will They Be Uncomfortable?
The placement of lingual braces is easy and painless. Your mouth will need a period of adjustment in order to get used to the new braces. You may experience some discomfort for a few days as the teeth move. This is normal and easily managed with over-the-counter medicine you would use for headaches. If you find at first that your tongue is sore and irritated, you can place some wax over the brackets for protection. This will act as a barrier between the braces and the tongue. After the initial few days, most people don’t really notice that they’re wearing them anymore.
Are Lingual Braces Harder to Clean?
Whether you choose lingual or traditional braces, it’s always important that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Your ELOS orthodontist will always recommend regular dental cleaning visits because, despite your best efforts, plaque build-up can go unnoticed. Research does show that patients are less prone to cavities with lingual braces than they are with traditional braces. Something to keep in mind, especially for teenagers!
It might be beneficial for you to invest in an electric toothbrush such as a Sonicare for a really good clean. Make sure that you spend at least 2 minutes brushing. Your ELOS provider will discuss this further with you once your braces are fitted. But the main points to remember are:
- Brush after every meal
- Floss or use interdental brushes regularly
- Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride
- Avoid hard, chewy or sticky foods
Will I Have to Make Dietary Changes?
The good news is that wearing lingual braces doesn’t require removing your brace to eat as it does with clear aligner treatment, which at times can be embarrassing at the dinner table. You also don’t need to worry about having food noticeably stuck in your braces after eating. You will still need to watch your diet, though. This means that you should limit sugary snacks and drinks to meal times, if at all. Avoiding hard, sticky, chewy foods or sweets, will reduce the risk of damaging or breaking your brackets.
Where Can I Get Lingual Braces?
Not all orthodontists offer lingual braces. This is because specialist training is required to be able to use them and give you the excellent results you should have. By using an ELOS specialist, you can be sure that you’re in the safe hands of a true lingual braces expert. Click ‘find a doctor’ and locate your nearest ELOS specialist today.
Your Best Kept Secret
Lingual braces are truly an invisible braces option, so there’s no longer any excuse to wait to fix your smile. Don’t let your teeth affect your confidence a moment longer. There’s no need to worry about having a visible metal mouth. The truth is, unless you tell them, no one will know.
Disguise Your Treatment With Lingual Braces
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