Lingual (Invisible) Braces
Lingual braces are fixed onto the inner sides of the teeth. These braces have been used for many years. Their popularity is now growing as more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. They are not seen at all so the patients who are conscious about wearing braces can get their teeth repositioned to get an aesthetic smile.
The latest lingual brackets are highly refined and low profile. Therefore, they are more comfortable for the patients. We use the Multi-Purpose Attachments for many of our patients wherever possible. These are the thinnest possible brackets available and therefore are most comfortable for our patients.
These esthetically appealing braces are available in translucent white to blend with the teeth making them less visible than traditional braces. Lingual braces are applied behind the teeth as compared to metal or ceramic braces which are applied to the front of your teeth. Often called "Invisible Braces", they are the best and only non-visible form of fixed orthodontic therapy. Although lingual braces are more expensive they offer a highly cosmetic alternative to those patients who otherwise would not consider treatment.
Lingual braces will transform the way you look. If your teeth are badly aligned now, they are also probably affecting your facial appearance. Since the alignment of your teeth contributes greatly to the way your mouth and jaws look, improved alignment results in a more attractive facial appearance. The way your teeth are aligned also affects your bite, as well as the bone and gum tissue. Proper alignment of your teeth and a correct bite promotes overall good oral health. Lingual braces are just as effective as traditional braces but as they are at the back, your teeth are not obscured and you can see your smile improve daily.
Are Lingual Braces more uncomfortable than traditional braces?
Initial discomfort is similar to that of traditional braces. The difference is that the Lingual Braces will affect the tongue and traditional braces will affect the cheeks and lips. Soreness of the tongue usually lasts only for a few weeks and frequent salt water rinses help avoid discomfort. Once the oral tissues have "toughened" the braces are very comfortable. Patients tend to take approximately 1-4 weeks before they achieve a reasonable comfort level.
Can anyone wear lingual braces?
Yes, most adults and teens who can wear braces on the front of their teeth can wear concealed braces. However, some people with very small teeth or with certain "bites" are better treated with traditional appliances. An orthodontic evaluation will let you know if "invisible" braces might be for you.
Does the treatment take longer?
No, treatment time is comparable to that of traditional braces and sometimes even shorter. Some cases respond more efficiently to Lingual Braces due to certain mechanical advantages of the appliance.
How easy are they to keep clean?
As always, it is vitally important for you to maintain good oral hygiene and you should brush after every meal. Regular examinations by your family dentist are recommended during the orthodontic treatment period. A water pick or electronic toothbrush is also helpful. If dental plaque is allowed to become thick around the brace the plaque itself may damage the teeth. Instruction will be given on the use of special brushes.