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What are Lingual Braces?

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What are Lingual Braces?

A lot of people, especially adults, are putting braces treatment off because they are concern about the train track appearance of traditional braces. Little did they know that there are many new aesthetic orthodontic treatment options available. These are excellent alternatives for those who are concern with their appearance during orthodontic treatment. The most common and popular aesthetic treatment option is Invisalign clear aligners. Unfortunately, Invisalign might not be suitable for all types of bite problems. The alternate aesthetic option is lingual braces.

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What are lingual braces?

‘Lingual’ means tongue. Lingual braces are designed to fit on the tongue side of your teeth, making them pretty much invisible from the outside, even up-close. Therefore lingual braces offer a great aesthetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened, without the braces showing.

What are the benefits of lingual braces?

Hidden behind your teeth    Wedding, graduation, first dates, family photos, the big job interview that can land you a promotion – when do you need a more confident smile? Lingual braces are extremely beneficial for those who wish to have no visible indication that they are receiving orthodontic treatment. For those who are self-conscious about their smile and even more daunted by the thought of wearing braces, lingual braces can be an ideal choice.

Effective mechanics    Lingual braces use all of the technology of traditional braces, which has been improved over time, and apply this technology to the tongue side of your teeth. This means that lingual braces is as effective as traditional braces in treating complex cases, and as aesthetic as the Invisalign system. It is ideal for treating cases too complex for the Invisalign system.

Tailored for you    The Incognito lingual braces are designed to fit on the tongue side of your teeth, and they are custom made for every individual patient. Your Incognito braces are small and tailored specifically for you. Therefore, you should feel minimal discomfort on the soft tissues in your mouth.

Am I suitable to have lingual braces?

Most patients are good candidates for Incognito hidden braces.  Incognito braces are suitable for all age groups – children, adolescents and adults who want to correct their tooth position.

Are lingual braces more uncomfortable than traditional braces?

Initial discomfort is similar to that of outside braces.  The main difference is that lingual braces will affect the tongue and conventional braces will affect the cheeks and lips.  Patients take approximately 1-2 weeks to achieve good comfort level.  Conventional lingual braces are small and streamline, designed to improve comfort.

Will lingual braces affect my speech?

Yes, just like any other orthodontic appliances, it will have some effect on patient’s speech at the initial stage.  The amount vary will vary depending on the patient’s dental arch shape and tongue position.  In most patients, this will be temporary and of short duration.

Does treatment with lingual braces takes longer?

Lingual braces are custom made to fit the size and shape of your teeth. Do allow time for the manufacturers to have each brace customize to your teeth. Besides, being on the tongue side of your teeth, lingual braces are more challenging than traditional braces for your orthodontist and his/her staffs. Working up-side-down and on the inside of your teeth make lingual braces requiring longer appointment times and treatment duration.

How do I take care of lingual braces?

As with any other orthodontic appliances, regular brushing and flossing is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition, we encourage our patients to have six monthly dental checkup appointment with the general dentist.

Hard foods should be avoided during treatment.

Orthodontic wax will come in handy when lingual braces are irritating your tongue. Using wax to cover over the braces may help alleviate the soreness.


Would you like to learn more about lingual braces? Contact Specialists in Orthodontics today to arrange a consultation appointment with our specialist orthodontist.