Worried about sacrificing your appearance during your orthodontic treatment? Lingual braces provide a great alternative
At Newwave Orthodontics, we can provide you with virtually invisible braces
Are you embarrassed to show traditional orthodontic treatment? Does your profession not allow visible orthodontic equipment (such as models, TV presenters, etc.)? Lingual braces are traditional metal braces affixed to the inside of your smile. This renders them virtually invisible.
At Newwave Orthodontics in Caloundra, we offer lingual braces as an alternative, more discrete orthodontic solution for our patients.
How do lingual braces work?
The term ‘lingual’ means ‘tongue side’, which is exactly what these braces are, tongue side braces or braces that are fixed on the backside of your teeth. Because they are located on the inside of your teeth, patients often find that adjusting to their new treatment is easy as their brackets don’t rub on the inside of your lips. Lingual braces were designed with you in mind, for all our patients that want a straighter smile but don’t want to wear traditional braces, lingual braces may the solution for you.
Are lingual braces as effective as traditional braces?
Lingual braces can be just as successful as traditional braces; however it is important to note that everyone’s mouth is different. When you visit our Caloundra orthodontic clinic we will perform a full mouth assessment before prescribing lingual braces. If Dr Peter Miles feels that lingual braces is a suitable solution to your alignment needs then he will begin treatment as needed.
Not every orthodontist can provide lingual braces
Lingual braces, while similar to traditional braces (except of course that they are located on the inside of your teeth) are not applied the same way as traditional braces. When applying lingual braces the difference in arch must be considered. Lingual brackets need to be held closer together since the inner arch around the backside of the teeth has a smaller dimension than the arch on the outside. This makes both the installation and the adjustment visits more difficult. Lingual braces can also irritate the tongue initially than with regular braces. Here at Newwave Orthodontics, our orthodontist Dr Peter Miles is highly trained and comfortable installing and providing ongoing treatment for lingual braces.
Will lingual braces hurt?
Lingual braces feel much like traditional braces, except they can save your lips from irritation as they are hidden on the backside of your teeth. They may however cause some irritation to your tongue, with patients often running their tongue along the inside of their teeth. It is normal to experience slight discomfort when your braces are first fitted. The brackets will begin doing their job immediately which may cause some tension in your mouth. The amount of discomfit or tension varies from individual to individual. You may experience a tightening sensation when your braces are adjusted but patients generally experience very little discomfort throughout their treatment.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces in that they make use of wires and brackets. They differ, however, as they are attached to the backs of the teeth, rather than the front. This means that are almost completely invisible, making them a good option for adults who are seeking a more discreet orthodontic option than traditional metal braces.
The main advantage of choosing lingual braces rather than traditional metal braces is that they are virtually invisible. While they work in a similar way to traditional braces, and generally produce effective results, the key benefit is that they are aesthetically pleasing. It is important to note that you will need to clean your lingual braces carefully, and it may take some time to get used to the way they feel in your mouth. Chat to your orthodontist to see if they are the best option for your needs.
It’s important to keep your teeth and braces clean throughout your treatment. Food can get stuck in the brackets and wires and lead to plaque and decay, so make sure that you brush after every meal, cleaning above and below the brackets.