Lingual braces provide a virtually invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of being placed on the front of the teeth as is seen with traditional braces, lingual braces are fitted behind the teeth, facing the tongue.
This provides an excellent cosmetic alternative for adults who want to get their teeth straightened discreetly.
As with all braces, lingual braces aim to transform your facial appearance for the better by bringing your teeth into proper alignment. The position of your teeth not only influences the appearance of your mouth and jaw, but also has a direct impact on your bite, bone and gum tissue.
As such, properly positioned teeth and an aligned bite is essential for improved overall oral health. With lingual braces, you are also able to visibly see the improvements in your smile as opposed to traditional braces which partially cover your teeth.
$4,500 to $5,400
While treatment for clear and metal braces can commence right after a consultation with your orthodontist in some cases, prior laboratory work is necessary for lingual braces for which impressions of your teeth are taken to aid in customization.
Once the braces are ready for placement, your orthodontist will arrange a follow-up visit during which brackets are fitted onto the back of your teeth. It is of utmost importance for your orthodontist to have ample knowledge as to how lingual braces work.
Your orthodontist will have a look at your medical records, ask you to undergo digital X-ray imaging, and may ask to have additional photos taken to aid in the success of your treatment plan. Dental impressions will also be taken to produce a mold of your teeth to provide customized lingual braces that fit perfectly along your teeth.
It is normal to experience some discomfort, teeth soreness or tenderness during the first few days/weeks after placement — this can be alleviated with pain-relieving medication such as those taken for headaches. Your orthodontist will keep you informed as to what medication you can take to relieve discomfort.
Other parts of your oral cavity, such as your lips, tongue and cheeks may initially experience some irritation as they adjust to the presence of your braces.
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Am I eligible for lingual braces?
Lingual braces are suitable for those who:
However, lingual braces aren’t a universal solution and won’t work for everyone. Placing the braces on the inside of the teeth requires enough surface area (i.e. the teeth have to be sufficiently long) for the fitting to be successful.
As such, patients who have deep overbites may encounter issues with the brackets popping out of place. Your orthodontist will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for lingual braces.
Does the treatment time take longer compared to traditional braces?
The treatment time is almost similar and may be even shorter when compared to treatment with traditional braces. This, of course, depends on a case by case basis, but some patients may notice quicker results with lingual braces thanks to its particular design.
How do lingual braces compare to traditional braces in terms of comfort?
Patients will experience discomfort of almost the same intensity as that of traditional braces, the main difference being that the tongue will be the most affected by lingual braces. However, this discomfort can be alleviated by rinsing your mouth out with salt water and will last only for the first few weeks (approximately one to four weeks) until the tissues in your mouth have adjusted.
How to best maintain and take care of my braces after the procedure?
It is recommended to: