Having crocked teeth can be a cause of social anxiety for many. However, there is no need to suffer the effects of lack of confidence due to problems with teeth.
Fortunately, orthodontists today can use a number of different methods to straighten teeth. One, which many people are still unaware of, is lingual braces.
What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces are slightly different to conventional braces as they are placed between the palate and the tongue, behind the teeth. The method is perfect for those who wish to have straighter teeth, but do not wish to wear visible braces.
As with braces which are attached to the front of the teeth, fitting lingual braces involves first taking an impression. Using this, individually customised brackets are created, which are then cemented to the back of the teeth. Once in place, continuous gentle pressure is applied over time. This encourages them to gradually shift into the desired position. Treatment using lingual braces can take anything from 18 to 36 months, depending on the patient. As they are custom-made and the treatment is specialised, lingual braces can be a slightly more expensive option. However they are usually extremely effective.
Today there are a number of specialists able to fit Lingual braces in London and elsewhere depending on the root cause, though most groups provide both orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry.
Looking after lingual braces
In order to prevent complications such as tooth decay or gingivitis, it is important to take extra care with oral hygiene while undergoing any orthodontic treatment. A proper dental hygiene routine should include:
– Twice daily brushing for a minimum of two minutes.
– Brushing at the gum line with a round bristled, soft toothbrush.
– Daily flossing and use of an inter-proximal brush if necessary.
– Flushing debris from between teeth and around brackets using an oral irrigation implement.
– Bi-annual professional teeth cleaning.
Sometimes lingual braces can cause tongue soreness. This can be avoided by covering the brackets in wax. In addition, wearers may struggle to speak clearly when the braces are first fitted. However, once used to the feel of the braces in the mouth, speech will return to normal.
Patients are generally very happy with the results lingual braces can achieve.