What You Need to Know About Lingual Braces

What You Need to Know About Lingual Braces

In recent years, increasing numbers of adults have chosen orthodontic treatment in order to achieve a smile they can feel more confident with. A big part of this significant increase in popularity is the range of discreet teeth straightening treatments now available, with one of the latest advances in discreet modern orthodontic treatment being Lingual braces.

Here’s what you need to know about lingual appliances:

Lingual braces are probably the most discreet braces available

Whilst Invisalign aligners are transparent and ceramic braces are somewhat discreet, lingual braces will help you achieve the perfect smile you are after without anyone but you and your orthodontist needing to know. Whilst lingual appliances work like traditional braces, using a series of fixed brackets and an arch wire to apply continuous pressure to your teeth until they are gently and gradually moved into place, brackets and wires are fitted to the backs of your teeth.

Lingual braces are highly effective

As well as being virtually invisible, lingual braces are also a highly effective form of teeth straightening treatment and can correct a number of misalignment and bite problems. Lingual braces provide a perfect solution for patients who are not suitable for Invisalign but still seek a discreet treatment option. Invisalign aligners are not suitable for more complex movements like correcting rotations, closing spaces between teeth and adjusting the heights of teeth, whereas lingual braces can effectively treat these issues.

Lingual braces can cause a little discomfort

As lingual appliances are fitted to the back of the teeth, patients can find that it takes longer for them to get used to their braces than they would with other treatments. However, after initial discomfort, lingual braces are comfortable to live with and won’t cause any pain other than a little soreness when they are adjusted.

You may have some initial problems playing a wind instrument during lingual treatment

If you play a brass or woodwind instrument, you may experience some initial difficulties in playing as a result of your braces, however, as you become accustomed to the brackets and wires, you will get used to playing again.

If you are considering discreet orthodontic treatment to help you achieve a smile you can feel more confident with, call Marsh House Orthodontics today on 020 8646 6200 to arrange an appointment and find out more.