Lingual braces are also known as the braces on the back of the teeth, are hidden behind the teeth, and are the most uncommon teeth correction method one can choose. This is due to the fact that they require a combination of certified orthodontic skillsets that few orthodontists master over time. The use of lingual braces behind the teeth is not addressed during orthodontic training; hence it is up to the orthodontist to learn how to use them.
Lingual braces behind the teeth must be offered to all patients treated as an option since they offer benefits that no other form of braces can match. Total invisibility, complete personalisation to your teeth, and improved efficiency and versatility in chosen patients are just a few of the benefits.
Adults who do not want to see their braces but have severe orthodontic requirements might consider lingual braces beneath the teeth. We’ve also observed an upsurge in the popularity of braces behind the teeth among young people who are concerned about their appearance. Let’s learn in-depth about the lingual braces.
What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces, often referred to as “inside” braces, are an orthodontic procedure in which the brackets, wires, and elastic bands used to straighten the teeth are attached behind the teeth. Lingual braces are created to order for individuals with specific situations of tooth misalignment. The orthodontist takes a precise imprint of your teeth or takes a digitised scan of them and then curates the wires and brackets to suit your teeth pleasantly.
To gradually bring your teeth into the desired position, the braces are tightened and adjusted. Because the placement of brackets and wires in lingual braces can be challenging, getting the proper fit is essential. This is due to the difficulty of reaching the backs of the teeth and the restricted space available for the orthodontist to work. The brackets are bonded on the teeth and held in place with a custom-made tray to ensure correct fit (unlike traditional braces where the brackets are placed on each tooth individually).
Your appliances (particularly those linked to your bottom teeth) may be visible if someone looks in your mouth, but they aren’t easily recognised. If you are self-conscious about your appearance because of obvious metalwork on the front of your teeth, lingual braces may be the best solution for you.
How Lingual Braces Affect Your Lifestyle?
These braces may be less noticeable than traditional braces, but that does not imply they are indestructible. To avoid disturbing the braces during the treatment, lingual brace wearers must avoid specific meals.
Because the wires are prone to bending, it’s recommended to avoid hard or chewy meals that might bend or break them. Brushing and flossing gently is also essential and should be done at least twice a day to eliminate food particles that might cause plaque to develop between teeth.
To provide force and shift the teeth into the proper position, elastic bands may be necessary. Your orthodontist will guide you on how to use the elastic bands correctly.
Lingual braces are now available in two styles: stock and customised brackets. A commercial or in-clinic lab can install stock braces on models of the teeth, which will subsequently be transferred into the patient’s mouth.
Based on the treatment simulation, customised lingual brackets are digitally produced. These brackets are made to fit each person’s unique shape and form. Incognito is the most widely used system on the market.
Each lingual system has its own set of biomechanical benefits and drawbacks when it comes to tooth correction.