What are lingual braces?
There are many different types of braces to choose from when it comes to teeth straightening and lingual braces are a great option for people who are conscious about the way their braces look. Lingual braces are sometimes nicknamed ‘hidden braces’ as they are fitted to the inside of your teeth instead of the front surface like traditional braces. They are almost invisible and for that reason are most commonly fitted in adults rather than children.
How do lingual braces work?
Lingual braces work the same way as conventional braces in the way that they apply a continuous pressure which gradually straightens teeth, fixes gaps, overcrowding and problems with bite. However, they are bonded to the back of the teeth instead of the front as with traditional braces. Lingual braces are comprised of archwires and metal brackets, which are custom-made to fit the individual shape of the problem teeth.
Will lingual braces give me a lisp?
The tongue touches the backs of your teeth to make certain sounds when you talk. As lingual braces are fitted on the insides of the teeth, the speech will be affected at first. Eventually, the tongue adjusts to the new sensation of a lingual brace and the speech returns to normal within a week or two. If the lingual brace interferes with speech longer than this, it is recommended to have an appointment with a voice tutor therapist.
What can I expect when wearing lingual braces?
During the initial period of the braces being attached to the back of the teeth, there may be a little pain and discomfort for a little longer than with the other fitted braces. Good oral hygiene is important, especially when wearing lingual braces because food particles may become trapped in pockets at the back of teeth. Teeth should be brushed following every meal.
What are the advantages of lingual braces?
The advantages of lingual braces over traditional braces include:
- They are nearly invisible
- They correct most bite problems
- They can be customised
What are the disadvantages of lingual braces?
The cons to having lingual braces fitted include:
- Lingual braces are more expensive than traditional braces
- They cause a temporary lisp at the beginning
- They may take longer than traditional braces