Lingual Braces/Hidden Braces
These are metal fixed braces that are fitted to the inside surfaces of your teeth. Although Lingual braces are made of metal, they are completely invisible to any onlookers – giving them the nickname of “hidden braces”. They provide a great solution for those that are looking for an almost completely inconspicuous type of brace system.
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Lingual braces tend to cost more than the traditional systems because of the complexities of lingual brace treatment and the additional chairside time. This higher fees are also due to the fact that they are computer-designed and custom-made for each specific tooth. They also require a special set of instruments that facilitate the best results. Lastly, they also require a specially trained orthodontist and team.
What are the drawbacks?
Since this type of brace system is on the inside of the teeth it may be quite intrusive for some people especially when talking and swallowing. For this reason, this system is quite case-specific. Your orthodontist will decide whether this system is right for you.
If you are interested in lingual braces, please speak to our specialist orthodontists during your Orthodontic Consultation, who will then advise you as to their suitability and the best way forward for you.
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Hidden Braces FAQ’s
Although the time it takes for any type of braces to work can differ dramatically from one case to the next, lingual or hidden braces typically take the longest.
They are a popular option for those who are looking for a discreet way of straightening their teeth, but it is important to understand that it could take longer. Your dentist will be able to advise you more accurately at your initial consultation, giving you alternative options if you choose to opt for a speedier treatment.
Yes! Braces are designed to work specifically to your smile, with each tooth being accounted for so that daily movement can take place. However, it’s worth noting that these daily shifts are slow and small, so it can still take a significant length of time to complete your treatment.
Thanks to modern dentistry, there are now a wide range of options available to those looking to straighten their smile. Amongst the most popular for discreet teeth straightening is Invisalign, however hidden braces may in some cases be the most suitable option if your teeth need significant correction.
Because lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, they are generally considered to be more painful and uncomfortable when compared to traditional braces. They can cause a slight lisp and may take longer to adjust to, however any pain or discomfort should be short-lived. If you’ve had hidden braces in place for some time and are struggling with pain, you should contact your dentist.