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WHAT IS LINGUAL BRACES?

Lingual braces are one of the “invisible” treatment methods that your orthodontist may have to offer. For the most part, they look like conventional dental braces that have been mounted on the backside (lingual, tongue side) of of your teeth. This hides them from view, making them unnoticeable to others.

WHO CAN HAVE LINGUAL TREATMENTS?

The best way to find out if lingual braces can be used in your situation is to have a consultation appointment with our specialist. For the most part, however, most adults and adolescents will usually make suitable candidates.

Some practitioners may express issues of concern about some aspects of patient selection. However, a lot of this probably just boils down to clinical bias and preference.

a) “Bite” considerations.

It’s been argued that a patient must have a bite relationship that can accommodate their braces.
The idea is that people whose teeth overlap excessively (have a “deep vertical overbite”) might place heavy forces on their brackets when they chew or close their teeth together and dislodge them. It’s debatable about how much of a problem this really tends to be.

b) Quality of results.

Despite insinuations voiced decades ago, there’s nothing inherently lacking about lingual technique. Results on par with conventional braces can be expected.

MOUTH CARE FOR LINGUAL BRACES
Wearing lingual braces will make it more difficult for you to brush and floss your teeth. Even so, your goal should still be to clean them and your braces after every meal and snack. You can clean your teeth and braces by using a small-headed toothbrush that will tend to make cleaning easier. The use of an electric toothbrush can be beneficial too. Llook for one that has a smaller-brush head option.
Other items that can be useful are pipe cleaners, interdental bushes and specialty dental flosses.