Lingual braces are an increasingly-popular method of treatment for misaligned teeth due to their discreet nature. Unlike regular train-track braces, they are fitted to the back of the patient’s teeth (the side closest to the tongue) and therefore provide a more aesthetically pleasing solution.
Lingual braces can be a great solution for those living with slightly crooked teeth who wish to improve their positioning in a discreet manner. They are best suited to those who wish to make minor adjustments to the alignment of their upper or lower teeth.
At K Dental Studios, we understand that each patient has requirements that are specific to the individual. We always take the time to get to know each patient before recommending any treatment, which allows us to achieve long-lasting solutions. The lingual braces we provide are bespoke, allowing our experienced dentists to tailor the treatment to achieve your desired results and solve your orthodontic problems.
If you decide lingual braces are the solution for you, and our assessment reveals that you are a suitable candidate, then we will start the process.
What does it involve?
- Taking an impression (mould) of your teeth to send to our laboratory. The laboratory will then be able to create customised brackets which will ensure that the braces are securely fitted to the back surfaces of your teeth.
- The orthodontist will fit the individual brackets to your teeth. A small amount of pressure will be applied to your teeth to gently move them so they are realigned
- Regular 4 to 6 weekly appointments follow to replace the wires and elastics
- We recommend that you continue seeing your regular dentist every 3 months for hygiene and every 6 months for your check-ups.
How long will the treatment take?
Each individual is different and teeth straightening can take from 6 to 18 months or sometimes longer. Our orthodontist will be able to advise you during your consultation.
Is there any long term maintenance necessary?
As with all teeth straightening, once the treatment has been completed and the appliances have been removed, the teeth will have the tendency to move back to their original position.
Our Orthodontist recommends the use of clear retainers and/or a fixed retainer which will provide you with long term retention to prevent teeth moving back to their original positions.
Clear retainers will require compliance from you to wear them as per your Orthodontist’s instructions. Fixed retention uses a very thin wire which is stuck on to the backs of the front teeth to prevent tooth movement. It is advisable to see your dentist regularly to check that this wire has not become unstuck. Sometimes the Orthodontist may recommend the use of both forms of retention.
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