Unlike traditional braces which are fitted to the front of your teeth, lingual braces are hidden behind your teeth so they are virtually invisible. Lingual braces are a discreet, trusted, tried and tested orthodontic treatment that uses state-of-the-art technology to create tailor-made solutions for each individual. Furthermore, the high-strength materials used in creating lingual braces make them as durable, reliable and effective as traditional braces.
Internal lingual braces may be the best teeth straightening option for you if you want to smile with confidence both during and after your orthodontic treatment. They are a suitable option if you believe you will feel embarrassed wearing braces and expect you will try to cover your smile...
Having worked with many self-conscious patients over decades, we’ve been witness to some remarkable transformations. Initial resistance dissolves when positive results start to emerge.
How do lingual braces work?
After mapping the initial positions of your teeth, your MP orthodontist will form a plan of how they want to move forward. Lingual or internal braces work very similarly to traditional braces, gradually moving your teeth into the right position. This is achieved by systematically, over time adjusting the wires that connect the brackets attached to the inside of each tooth. The difference is that these internal braces are discreet letting you smile every step of the way as your teeth are gently moved into alignment.
To keep your new smile, your MP Orthodontist recommends that you wear a retainer after your hidden braces have been removed. A retainer prevents your teeth from moving back out of position. You will be advised on the frequency that these retainers should be worn.
The best part of daily life with these internal braces is that they are almost invisible to the naked eye, meaning you can feel confident in your smile while undergoing treatment. In saying this, living with lingual braces (and other braces for that matter) does come with some responsibilities. Good dental hygiene, for example, is very important to prevent a build-up of plaque. Cleaning your teeth and braces regularly and thoroughly will prevent this from occurring.
Furthermore, during the duration of your orthodontic treatment with internal braces you should avoid any food that is particularly hard to eat such as hard or chewy foods (toffee or hard lollies for example) so as to avoid the possibility of damage to your lingual braces. Your MP Orthodontist will provide you with a list of food items to avoid and answer any questions you may have regarding taking care of your internal braces.
At the start of your orthodontic treatment, you may develop a slight lisp until you get used to speaking with braces behind your teeth. This will go away within a short time and with practice. You may also experience a little discomfort until your teeth and tongue adapt to the brackets and wires in your mouth.
The cost of treatment will vary from case to case, as the duration of treatment is unique to every client. If you’d like to know more about our flexible financing policies, head on over to our finance page for more information.
Many cases are treatable using lingual braces. It is a very versatile and effective method in straightening teeth, but there are some cases in which internal hidden braces would not be considered an optimal choice.
Every case is different and an expert’s opinion is the best way to weigh up all of your options. If you want to learn more or are unsure about your preferred treatment path, feel free to contact us or book an appointment at MP Orthodontics today!
MP Orthodontics welcomes patients from all across Melbourne, we are based in Melbourne's bayside suburb of Cheltenham.
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