Conventional braces can be unsightly and many patients find it inconvenient when wearing them.

Conventional braces can be unsightly and many patients find it inconvenient when wearing them. These braces also affect somewhat their emotional confidence.

The revolutionary lingual braces is a cosmetic dentistry breakthrough that is specially designed to conceal itself at the back of the teeth, giving users the practical edge. It comprises metal brackets bonded to the tongue side of the teeth making them virtually invisible. Lingual braces are individually customized because the anatomy of teeth on the inner side is variable. Every set of lingual braces is custom-made according to the patient’s requirements. Impression of the teeth is taken by the dentist using a plastic mould and sent to a laboratory where the brackets are made. New systems such as Incognito and Harmony use digital technology to custom-fit the brackets. There is also a high degree of accuracy and provide more effective and efficient tooth movement.

Patients who opt for lingual braces prefer it as a cosmetic alternative to normal braces. These people include working adults, singers, actors, or anyone who is shy to show that they are going through an orthodontic treatment. Patients also experienced ease of maintaining good oral hygiene due to the way lingual braces are bonded. These braces are nonremovable hence there is no need to take them out for washing.

Apart from the position of the metal brackets, lingual braces may affect speech and mastication slightly longer than conventional braces. It also takes a longer time for the patient to adapt. Speech and mastication may take up to a month to be completely normal. Once the patient has adapted to the lingual brace in the mouth, it is often not noticed even by the patient. Thereafter, lingual brace does not affect speech or singing during treatment. Patients also have to avoid chewing hard food such as nuts, ice cubes and bone. Chewing of gum is also not allowed during the treatment. This is to prevent breakages of the lingual braces which will increase the treatment time. It takes about the same time as conventional braces to correct a set of teeth.

Lingual braces are not suitable for people with small teeth or with certain bites. One should seek professional advice from a specialist on his condition. Although the fitting is similar to standard braces, it takes approximately two visits to the specialist to get it done. Patients have to take note of proper oral hygiene as there is a higher chance of food getting caught behind the teeth. It is important to brush teeth after every meal and use mouthwash regularly.

The cost of lingual braces is largely dependent on the severity of the patient’s condition and the type of brace system used. Generally, lingual braces cost more than standard braces.