Lingual braces are orthodontic appliances that are attached to the back of the teeth, rather than the front, which means that the braces are completely invisible to other people. Though the braces are not entirely invisible, as you would find with other braces systems such as Invisalign, the discreet nature of having the braces placed behind the teeth has made them a firm favourite with patients. As well as a high level of discreetness, lingual braces are also able to provide an effective level of teeth straightening treatment.
What are the advantages of lingual braces?
The main advantage of lingual braces is that they are invisible to other people because they run along the back of the teeth. The concept of lingual braces may sound painful but the braces are designed to be very small and discreet and some kinds, such as STb lingual braces, use state of the art self-ligating technology, which prevents friction. The time frame of treatment is also one of lingual braces many positives and treatment time can be as little as six weeks in some cases.
When can lingual braces be used?
Lingual braces are versatile and can be used to treat most orthodontic problems, including crooked teeth, twisted teeth, gaps between the teeth, buck and goofy teeth, crowding and certain cases of overbite and underbite. Lingual braces are especially good for treating cases concerning crowding and spacing problems. Lingual braces may not be suitable for complex cases that affect the bite, such as crossbite, but there are many other brace systems your dentist can recommend, which will be better suited to the treatment of more complex problems.
Are the braces uncomfortable?
The idea of having braces placed behind the teeth may sound painful, but this is not the case. They will take a little getting used to, as you would expect with any alien device being introduced to the mouth, but any discomfort will soon fade within a week or so. This is to be expected, and once it is over you can enjoy the knowledge that your teeth are being straightened discreetly.
How much do lingual braces cost?
The cost of lingual braces depends on the type of braces you choose and the dentist you visit, but typically, you can expect to pay in excess of £3000 for lingual braces.
A lot of practices now offer dental finance at zero percent interest, to help you pay for your braces gradually rather than upfront.