Lingual braces are becoming an increasingly popular dental treatment – helping people to achieve a stunning, straight smile!
Working in a similar way to traditional braces, lingual brackets are secured to the inside of the teeth facing the tongue, meaning that they are hidden from view and practically invisible. So you can achieve the same results, as you would do with more traditional metal braces, without anyone apart from you and your dentist ever knowing that you’ve had them fitted.
As well as being invisible, lingual appliances are also extremely efficient when it comes to complex movements such as correcting rotations, adjusting the heights of teeth, and closing spaces. And the good news is that lingual braces are suitable for most people! So, if you’re considering cosmetic dental treatment, speak to your dentist about whether lingual braces could work for you.
Not sure if lingual treatment is for you? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about lingual braces…
How long will I need to wear my braces for?
Lingual treatment is a longer term dental procedure. The amount of time you will need to wear the braces will depend on your specific case – however typical treatments last anywhere from 6 to 24 months.
Will they hurt?
Just like other types of braces, you will probably feel some level of discomfort and pain when your lingual braces are first installed. But, you’ll be pleased to hear that this pain should start to subside after a few days and be completely gone within a week or so. Any pain you do experience can usually be treated with over the counter painkillers.
How often will I need to visit my dentist during treatment?
That all depends! Generally speaking, you will need to visit your dentist every month or two so that your dentist can check your progress and make any necessary adjustments. Of course, it varies from person to person.
How much do lingual braces cost?
Lingual treatment usually cost more than traditional braces – often about twice as much. But when you think about the level of skill and advanced training needed to fit the braces to the inside of the teeth, it’s easy to see why. The braces also have to be custom made to fit on the inside of your teeth.
Are lingual braces difficult to clean?
Braces are just as prone to trapping food as braces fitted to the outside of the teeth but, because they are hidden away on the inside of the teeth, it’s far easier to forget to clean them properly and regularly, simply because you can’t see them. Whilst the inside of the mouth is naturally cleaner, that doesn’t mean you can neglect your lingual braces – so make sure you have your electric toothbrush and some water picks handy if you want to keep you smile sparkling and clean!
Will I need to avoid certain foods and drinks?
Whilst wearing your braces, it’s recommended that you avoid chewy foods, such as caramel and sweets, as well as crunchy foods such as apples and nuts. These types of foods can cause damage to the braces, meaning you’ll have to visit your dentist to get them fixed.
Will I have any problems with my speech?
When you first have your braces attached, it’s only natural that you will experience some difficulties speaking. But after a week or two, you should begin to adjust and you’ll be back to your usual, chatty self in no time!
Will I have to stop playing sports?
No! Absolutely not! Lingual braces should not interfere with your enjoyment of sports (even contact sports!) – just make sure you have a well-fitting mouth guard!