Lingual Braces (Behind Teeth)
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What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces. They are made up of brackets and wires that apply light but perpetual pressure to ease the teeth into place.
How do they differ?
Lingual braces sit behind the teeth instead of in front. They are sometimes called "hidden braces" because they cannot be seen and no one can tell if you are having treatment. This makes them a great choice if you don’t like the way traditional braces look.
What's the process?
First, your dentist will assess you to make sure that this is the best treatment for you. If your dentist believes something else would be better, they may suggest this to you instead.
Once you have agreed with your dentist that this is the best course of treatment for you, an impression of your teeth is taken. This is used to create personalised brackets and wires, especially designed for your teeth. These may take up to 6 weeks to prepare.
When these small, customised brackets are ready, your dentist will cement them to the back of your teeth and connect the wire to apply the correct level of pressure.
At regular intervals your dentist will see you to check that everything is going according to plan and to make adjustments if necessary.
How long will it take?
Treatment can take anywhere between 18 to 36 months, depending on how crowded or misaligned your teeth are.
Will it be painful?
Because lingual braces are placed behind the teeth instead of in front, some people find that their tongue gets irritated or swollen. Using a little wax on the inside of the teeth over the braces will usually alleviate the soreness.
Others people find it hard to speak properly initially. This usually resolves itself quickly, once they have become accustomed to the braces.
How do I care for them?
As with anything to do with your teeth, it’s important to care for them properly. With braces, it is particularly crucial to clean well, because there are more spaces where the food can gather, thus causing gum disease or decay.
To keep your teeth and braces in the best condition:
- brush at least twice a day for two minutes using a soft bristled brush
- floss at least once a day, to clean between your teeth
- rinse with fluoride mouth wash to flush out any food debris that may be stuck and to strengthen the teeth
Kerry is our orthodontic therapist based at Selly Oak.
Specialist Orthodontics, Sedation, Invisalign Provider and Pola Tooth Whitening.
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