What are Lingual Braces? While this technique has been around since the 1980’s, quite a few of dentist have yet to offer the technique due to the complex and special training that is required to apply and adhere the braces to the teeth.
Treatment for Lingual braces can be significantly longer than normal treatment for normal metal braces due to the teeth move more gradually and slower than normal braces. Lingual braces consist of small brackets glued to the backs of patient’s teeth on the side near the tongue. Wire and elastics will be used in the same manner as traditional orthodontics and braces, only hidden from view. Lingual braces offer a great cosmetic alternative for individuals who would like straighter teeth, without the actual braces showing. Depending on the severity of a patients case, it can take anywhere from 18-36+ months to complete treatment. Lingual braces take about 6 weeks to produce from the time of impressions to make the custom brackets. Because of the specific and special requirements of lingual braces, the cost of treatment tends to be higher than traditional metal braces.
Ultimately the specific type/brand of lingual braces depends on your Orthodontist’s recommendation and a patient’s discretion. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure that gingivitis or tooth decay do not creep in as well. Be sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth at least a minimum of 2 times a day, as well as using a soft-round bristled toothbrush or an interproximal brush to remove excess food that left over or stuck between your teeth. It’s also recommended to get a waterpick (or any other similar type of oral irrigation device).
Lingual braces can be more difficult to get used to than traditional braces due to the metal brackets constantly being pressed up against your tongue. This can leave your tongue raw and irritated, and it is recommended to use Orthodontic wax to try to illuminate some of this pain and discomfort. If you have an excess over/under bite, unfortunately Lingual braces will most likely not be an option due to them not having the sufficient amount of tooth to adhere to when gluing the brackets onto the backs of a patients teeth.
While Orthodontic Center of OC does not offer Lingual braces at this time we would love to hear your experiences with Lingual braces. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any other Orthodontic services that we offer at any of our locations. Please call (949) 379-1516 or submit a request though our website.