Lingual braces are a suitable treatment for most orthodontic issues.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering if you are a suitable candidate for lingual braces. Lingual braces work in much the same way as conventional braces but are placed behind the teeth for a more discreet appearance. While lingual braces can be used to treat most orthodontic cases, there are few factors to consider before you go ahead with treatment. Read on to find out more about lingual braces and what you should think about if you are considering the treatment…
Are you a suitable candidate?
If you have crooked or crowded teeth, you might benefit from lingual braces. Lingual braces can resolve most of the same issues that traditional metal braces can.
The best way to know whether or not lingual braces are the best treatment for you is to arrange a consultation with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will perform a thorough examination and determine whether or not lingual braces are right for you. They will explain the details of the treatment, including the cost and how to best take care of your braces once they have been placed.
What should you consider before getting lingual braces?
If you are considering lingual braces, there are a few things to bear in mind about the treatment. One of the possible side-effects of lingual braces is that they can cause one to lisp. Because the brackets of lingual braces are bonded to the back sides of the teeth, it is common for one’s speech to be affected, especially when the braces are first fitted. Most patients, however, find that they adjust to the feeling of their new braces with time and that their speech returns to normal throughout treatment.
Another factor worth considering before you go ahead with the treatment is that lingual braces can cause some minor discomfort as your teeth begin to shift. Just as with conventional metal braces, you may experience a dull ache, which can generally be resolved with over-the-counter pain medications. If you do feel any pain and discomfort when your braces are first fitted or when they are adjusted, it can be helpful to stick to soft foods for a while. Some good options include mashed fruits and vegetables, yoghurt and scrambled eggs.
Another possible side-effect of lingual braces is irritation to the soft tissues inside the mouth. This can occur because of the location of the braces. If you struggle with this issue, chat with your orthodontist as they will be able to help resolve your discomfort.
What are the benefits of lingual braces?
One of the main advantages of lingual braces is that they are virtually invisible. This makes them a good choice for individuals who would like a discreet orthodontic solution. Lingual braces can be used to treat most bite problems, and can also be customised to ensure optimal comfort.
If you are considering lingual braces, it is important to note that the duration of treatment may be longer than conventional metal braces. They may also cost more than other types of braces, so this is something to factor into your decision.
How can we help?
At South Yarra Orthodontics, we offer lingual braces, which are often a great option for patients who would like an invisible alternative to conventional metal braces. At our practice, we use the Incognito Braces System, which involves the use of gold-coated, individually hand-made braces to ensure both comfort and precision. If you would like to find out more about lingual braces at South Yarra Orthodontics, please have a look here.
Besides lingual braces, we also offer metal and ceramic braces, as well as Invisalign and surgical orthodontic treatment. To see the full list of treatments that we offer, please have a look here.
If you would like to come in and see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange an appointment.
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