Lingual braces are a popular choice for adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are bonded to the back part of teeth, on the surface closest to the tongue – hence the name. Since lingual braces are hidden from view, they offer a discreet option of straightening the teeth, just like ceramic braces. Like all orthodontic treatments, lingual braces are used to improve the overall appearance of teeth and correct functional issues like misaligned teeth that can lead to an uneven bite. They offer a number of advantages over traditional braces and invisible aligners and are also the preffered choice for athletes and musicians who play a wind instrument.
The biggest advantage of lingual braces is that thanks to their positioning, they are invisible. Because they are fixed to the back of your teeth rather than the front, it’s impossible for someone to tell if you are wearing lingual braces, unless they happen to catch a glimpse (which only happens if you wearing them on your lower teeth). Because of this, lingual braces are the prefered choice for adults seeking a discreet orthodontic treatment.
A common issue associated with traditional braces is staining and discolouration. Because of the placement of lingual braces, even if any staining does occur it won’t impact the overall aesthetic of your smile because like the braces themselves, the discoloration won’t be visible. This is a particularly important advantage if you’re looking to have your teeth whitened in the future, as staining can lead to a less even final shade.
Unlike invisible aligners that need to be removed and cleaned, lingual braces are attached in the same way as traditional braces making them a low-maintenance option for orthodontic treatment. As lingual braces are fixed, it means that you don’t need to worry about wearing them for a certain number of hours each day, switching to a new set every few weeks, or losing them.
With lingual braces you don’t have to worry about constantly using dental wax to stop your protruding parts of the brace from irritating your cheeks, nor will you have to constantly worry about food particles getting stuck and leading to an embarrassing moment before you’ve had a chance to brush your braces clean.
Thanks to the latest technological developments, lingual braces brackets can now be custom-made to fit your teeth. This precise fit allows for excellent control of your teeth, precisely correcting a range of problems including a misaligned bite, spacing issues, and crowded teeth.
Here at London City Smiles, we offer both ceramic and lingual braces as part of our “hidden braces” orthodontic treatments. For further information or to book a consultation, get in touch with us today.