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Are lingual braces effective?

Lingual braces are made up of the same components as traditional braces.  

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you may already know that there are a range of options available to you. While traditional metal braces remain one of the most common methods to straighten one’s teeth, lingual braces are also a popular choice. Although they work in much the same way as traditional braces, lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth. This makes them virtually invisible, and a good option for those who are looking for a discreet orthodontic solution. Read on to find out how lingual braces work and who is best suited to the treatment…

What are the advantages of lingual braces?

One of the biggest advantages of lingual braces is that they are very discreet. All the components of lingual braces (brackets, wires and elastic bands) are all attached to the back of the teeth. This means that, unless you open your mouth very wide, no one will notice that you have braces at all.

Another benefit of opting for lingual braces is that they are completing customised to suit the individual patient. Your orthodontist will use computer design and manufacturing software to ensure that your braces are as comfortable and effective as possible.

Is there a downside to lingual braces? 

It is important to note that lingual braces can affect one’s speech. Because of the position of the braces, it is possible to experience slight speech impediments, such as a lisp. This should, however, resolve with time as you adjust to the feeling of your new braces.

Another challenge associated with lingual braces is cleaning difficulty. Lingual brackets are positioned closer together than the brackets of traditional braces, which makes it easy for food particles to get stuck. Extra care should be taken to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.

Are lingual braces right for you?

Lingual braces can be used to resolve a broad range of issues, but if you are considering the treatment, it is advisable that you consult with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will assess your teeth and jaws and confirm whether you a suitable candidate for lingual braces. The treatment can address many of the same issues as traditional braces, but it is not always the best option when it comes to resolving severe bite issues. In some cases, severe misalignments don’t allow enough room in the mouth for lingual brackets, and traditional braces might be recommended instead.

How can South East Orthodontics help?

At South East Orthodontics, we offer a comprehensive range of orthodontic treatments, including lingual braces. If you would like to straighten your smile but would prefer a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, you might consider the treatment.

We offer two types of lingual braces: Incognito braces and SureSmile. Both treatments are hidden comfortably behind the teeth and generally achieve excellent results. If you would like to find out more about the lingual braces available at South East Orthodontics, please have a look here.

If you would like to discuss the treatment in more detail and find out if you are a suitable candidate for lingual braces, please contact us here or give us a call on 03 9330 0702 to arrange a consultation.   

The team at South East Orthodontics also offers a range of other treatments —these include clear aligners, traditional braces, retainers, surgical treatments and early treatment. To find out more about our full offering, please have a look here.