Lingual Braces - Invisible from the outside
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth therefore they are invisible from the outside. Instead of making the color of the braces the same as the teeth like ceramic braces do, Lingual braces try to hide themselves altogether by residing on the inside of your teeth.
Metal brackets are used and the same techniques are applied just on the opposite side.
What are lingual braces for?
If you have misaligned, crocked or badly angled front teeth that makes you smile less than flattering, orthodontic braces can solve your condition progressively over, say, 18-36 months, depending on the severity of the condition you want corrected.
Advantages of lingual braces
It is a solution that has more aesthetic and cosmetic appeal than traditional metal braces. These metal braces are customized to bond at the back of the teeth so they remain invisible when smiling. They are a cosmetic alternative to those who want their teeth corrected but without the unaesthetic metal look when they smile.
Just to overemphasize its benefits, the obvious advantage of lingual braces is that no one will know you are wearing them, unless, they start looking inside your mouth. Other than that, there is no compelling medical or clinical reason to use lingual braces over regular braces.
Do lingual braces interfere with speaking?
As lingual braces are located in close proximity to the tongue, many patients want to know if they’ll interfere with their ability to speak with ease. Fortunately, lingual braces will not inhibit your ability to speak. You might need a few days to get used to the new appliance being present, but once you do you’ll be able to speak and enunciate normally.
Are lingual braces painful?
In the past, braces were associated with pain. Fortunately, with technological advancements in the dental industry, that is no longer the case, and today’s braces are more comfortable than ever.
The initial placement of your lingual braces is completely pain-free. After that, your teeth and jaw may feel slightly sore for about a week due to the gradual movement of your teeth. After each follow-up appointment to tighten your braces, you may also experience some discomfort for a few days, though it will be very easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications and by adopting a temporary soft food diet.
How to care for your lingual braces
Because lingual braces are located inside the mouth and cannot be seen by the patient, special care must be taken to ensure they are clean and to prevent build-up from occurring. In addition to keeping your routine appointments with your dentist and also brush your teeth twice a day and floss and rinse with mouthwash daily.