Lingual braces, working on your smile from the inside out
Lingual braces are very small, attach to the backside of your teeth and are completely invisible from the front. A wire is placed into the braces on the upper and lower teeth. The braces act as a handle for the wires to move your teeth gradually and gently. Lingual orthodontics is technically more challenging than braces on the front of your teeth and sometimes the complexity of your treatment may not suit lingual braces.
Lingual braces sit between your teeth and your tongue and the space here can be very tight, traditionally making adjustments longer and challenging. Until recently lingual treatment was difficult to do well and therefore often very costly. Thanks to new technologies, lingual treatment is now being offered by more orthodontists and is a good option for many adults.
Lingual Braces Advantages
- DISCREET TREATMENT: Braces are placed low and on the inside of your teeth, keeping them completely hidden from the front
- BETTER OPTION THAN INVISALIGN FOR SOME PATIENTS: If keeping your treatment hidden is your top priority, however your doctor has advised that Invisalign won’t give you the best result, lingual braces are a good option to consider
Lingual Braces Disadvantages
- NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERY PATIENT: Depending on the shape of your mouth lingual braces may not be ideal treatment. This is common especially for patients with narrow jaws
- UNCOMFORTABLE: Lingual braces can be more uncomfortable than other types of treatment. This is attributed to the fact that you tongue sits against the back of your teeth and talking and eating can cause abrasions
- LISP: Your tongue can get caught on your lingual braces and changes in speech are a common complaint of lingual braces
Lingual Braces considerations
Technology is enabling orthodontists to deliver great results efficiently making it especially popular with many adults seeking an aesthetic option. Technologies like, suresmile, Incognito and Harmony are the most widely used technologies and each have their benefits.
A discreet solution
Lingual braces are discrete, and this suits a lot of people who’d like to fix their smile without having everyone know. A common hiccup with lingual braces (braces on the inside of your teeth), is not having much room for your tongue to move.
This is what can cause some people to experience a change in their speech or even develop a small lisp. Like anything though, practice makes perfect and after a few days your lisp should disappear and your speech be back to normal.