Lingual braces are a popular choice for patients who are concerned about being seen wearing braces. That’s because, although they use a similar method to traditional metal braces, lingual braces are fitted to the inner surface of the tooth, hiding them from view and making them virtually invisible.
How do lingual braces work?
Lingual braces use the traditional system of brackets and archwires to apply gentle pressure on the teeth to guide them into position. Each individual bracket is fitted to the back surface of your teeth with orthodontic glue. These brackets are small and smooth so won’t cause any discomfort. A very thin archwire then connects these brackets. Your orthodontist will tighten this archwire at each of your appointments. This creates the gentle pressure needed to move your teeth into the desired position.
What do lingual braces feel like?
Any type of orthodontic appliance, whether traditional braces or an aligner, can take a bit of getting used to. It will take your tongue a little while to get accustomed to your lingual braces. Some people have difficulty speaking clearly at first but this only lasts a few days. If you practice speaking at home by over-enunciating, this will help.
Lingual braces may also be a little uncomfortable at first, but we will provide you with a small ball of wax to cover any brace or wire that irritates your tongue. For the first few days after your braces are in place, you will need to eat soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, soup, applesauce, and fruit shakes.
Who can wear lingual braces?
If you are a good candidate for regular braces, you are a good candidate for lingual braces. In addition, if you are an athlete, musician, or professional where traditional braces would interfere with your performance or appearance, you might benefit from lingual braces.
Book your free consultation at Angle House Orthodontics today to find out if lingual braces are right for you.
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