Lingual Invisible Braces Treatment
Lingual braces treatment are the same as conventional braces, but they are placed behind the teeth. The braces work by applying pressure via the wires and brackets to move teeth into the desired position. This makes lingual braces once of the most discreet methods of teeth straightening. They are just as effective as traditional braces, with the added benefit of being practically invisible.
Most patients find that lingual braces are more comfortable than traditional braces as they don’t rub on the inside of your lips. This orthodontic treatment is ideal for patients who prefer a more discreet treatment (e.g., those who perform, work in retail/customer service, etc.). Any patient suited to get metal braces is a possible candidate for lingual braces. However, people who have a very deep bite may not be suitable.
Compared to other kinds of braces, lingual braces are just as effective as straightening teeth. They are almost entirely invisible and excellent for patients looking for a completely hidden teeth straightening option. No one will know that you have lingual braces as they are placed to the back of your teeth.
Compared to metal braces, the disadvantage with this treatment is that they can take longer to move teeth. Dr. Max can approximate your estimated treatment time at your consultation.
What to expect:
The treatment for lingual braces starts with Dr. Max taking a 3D scan of your teeth. We send the scan to a laboratory where custom brackets and custom wires are made. This process takes from 8-10 weeks.
Our friendly team at Grand Dental will then schedule an appointment with you when we receive the brackets and wires. Dr. Max places the brackets into position and threads the wires through them. This archwire will slowly move your teeth into place by applying continuous pressure throughout the treatment.
You may feel slight discomfort when you’ve had your lingual braces fitted. The discomfort is normal and should go away in a few days. You may also feel a slight tightening and tender feeling whenever your braces get adjusted. In general, patients only feel small amounts of discomfort, but this can differ from person to person. If you find the pain too uncomfortable, you can take over the counter painkillers.
Benefits of lingual braces:
- The discreet orthodontic treatment option
- You don’t have to be self-conscious about having braces
- May prevent good oral hygiene as they are harder to clean compared to ceramic braces or regular braces
- More expensive
- Don’t work for severe cases
- Don’t work for patients with deep overbites
- Adjustment appointments take longer than standard braces
- May prevent proper oral hygiene
How do lingual braces work?
They work similarly to traditional braces. The wire applies pressure to the brackets to guide your teeth into the correct position. The treatment requires an impression of your teeth to be made to ensure they fit correctly. Although the brackets are small and fit securely to your teeth’ inner surface, it might take a little while to get used to the feeling. During this time, you might also find that your speech is affected slightly.
How long do lingual braces take to straighten teeth?
Treatment time depends on individual cases, as different orthodontic problems require slightly different treatment processes. Please call us on (02) 4742 1004 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Max to estimate how long you’ll need to wear lingual braces. We provide a range of dentistry from general dentistry to orthodontist treatment in the Blue Mountains.
How do I take care of my lingual braces?
While you have lingual braces, you will need to pay more attention to your oral hygiene. Our team at Grand Dental has specific instructions on how to take care of your teeth and tips on how to take proper care of your braces. It is essential to avoid hard or sticky foods as they can cause breakages.
What do I do if there is a breakage?
If any brackets or wires break or become loose, please call our practice on (02) 4742 1004 to make an appointment. We will promptly repair or replace the broken parts quickly, so your teeth aren’t damaged.
Are lingual braces suitable for me?
Many adult patients who work in retail or customer service jobs may prefer the incognito lingual braces. However, any patient with a mild to moderate orthodontic problem is viable. Please call us on (02) 4742 1004 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Max.