Common questions about lingual braces

What are lingual braces?

Lingual braces are a type of appliance consisting of wires, elastics and braces. Like traditional braces, lingual braces re-align your teeth overtime and are placed on the backside of your teeth – this is why they are often given the name ‘inside’ braces.


What are the advantages of lingual braces?

Lingual braces are an inconspicuous method of treatment that can only be properly seen if you wear them on your lower teeth. They are a good alternative to traditional braces if you are self-conscious about your appearance changing.

They’re custom made so they are of exceptional quality and have a very high success rate.

As they’re fixed braces, you don’t have to worry about when to take them out/when to put them back in – lingual braces offer a treatment that minimises the interruption of your day-to-day life.

Lingual braces are more effective than other types of braces (such as aligner based treatments) for changing the height of certain teeth, correcting rotations and closing spaces.


Will lingual braces affect my day-to-day life?  

It’s possible that lingual braces will affect your speech (notably developing a lisp) to start with though this is something most people are able to adapt to and resume their normal way of speaking.

It is also possible that lingual braces will make it difficult to eat certain foods, causing them to become trapped in your brace or be an obstacle with harder foods.

Cleaning your teeth will be difficult, therefore it is important to set aside enough time to brush and floss more thoroughly than usual.


Who can wear lingual braces?

Children, adolescents and adults are all eligible for lingual braces though many of those who tend to choose them do so on an aesthetic basis because they sit behind your teeth rather than in front like train tracks. This is why these type of braces are also referred to as ‘invisible’ and ‘incognito’ braces.


How are lingual braces made?

Impressions of your teeth are taken and then sent to a laboratory where a technician will make up plaster casts which will be used to make your braces as well as the metalware such as brackets and archwires. This part of the process takens around 5/6 weeks. As with traditional braces, lingual braces use archwires and brackets but each bracket is fitted to the back surface, rendering the brace out of view. They are made by Their custom shape make one of the most comfortable options available and


What are lingual braces made of?

Stainless steel.

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