Lingual Braces: What do you know about them?

Posted by JOSEPH J. LEE on Mar 8 2019, 10:15 AM

Lingual Braces: What do you know about them?

You probably have a good idea of what orthodontic braces are. But, have you heard the term ‘Lingual Braces’ or Incognito™ Braces before? If not, lingual braces are just like conventional braces, but fixed to the surface of the teeth from behind. They are just as effective, with an added advantage of excellent concealment. In fact, people wouldn’t be able to notice them at all when you talk or smile, unless they take a closer look.

Why choose lingual braces when I can get the conventional ones?

Traditional metal or ceramic braces are an excellent means of treating malocclusion. However, lingual braces hold certain advantages over their alternatives, which put them ahead in terms of aesthetics and safety.

Since lingual braces are fixed to the teeth from behind, they aren’t easily noticeable. With regular braces, the chances of you getting wounded when the brackets press against your lips are higher. But since lingual braces are on the inner side of the teeth, the brackets or wires wouldn’t be in contact with the soft inner lining of the mouth, and hence, not likely to cause injury to the lips, cheeks, and face.

Despite the added advantages, lingual braces do not compromise on their effectiveness in correcting misaligned teeth. They can be used to treat several types of malocclusion including some of the most complicated ones.

Will I have to follow a specific diet?

Just as in the case of conventional braces, you will have to avoid eating certain foods to ensure your braces are in good condition and functioning properly. We advise you to avoid eating foods that are hard to bite into (such as nuts, ice cubes, fried foods), sticky (such as gummy bears, chocolate, candy), and tend to remain on the teeth or get stuck between them for a longer time (biscuits, sweets, meat, etc).

After eating food, make sure no food residues are left on the teeth as they increase the chances of developing cavities and gum problems.

Depending on the severity of malocclusion, you may have to wear the braces anywhere between a few months to a couple of years time. Regular visits to the dentist would be required to make any changes to the alignment of the braces and to tighten or change the wires.

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