Lingual Braces Behind Teeth

Eliminates Unsightly Metal Braces

Behind teeth braces, or lingual braces, fit behind the teeth and therefore remain invisible when you smile. The major reason people want to get lingual braces is that they are not easily seen. On the downside, they are more expensive than traditional braces.

Are lingual braces for you? Does your insurance cover the cost? 7 Day Dental will answer all your questions. Your smile is our first and top priority.

How does it Work?

Lingual braces are attached to the inside surface of the teeth. It’s the side that faces the tongue – the reason these braces are called ‘lingual’ braces. From the outside, they are invisible. You can smile with confidence. The brackets are colored to match your teeth color. They look natural and remain invisible even from up-close. However, metal wires that connect brackets are visible. Behind the teeth, braces work the same way as traditional braces. The only difference is how and where they are attached to your teeth.

Advantages of Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are invisible from the outside. Since they are inside the teeth, the only parts anyone can see from up-close are wires connecting brackets. One of the major reason teens hates the idea of wearing braces is their appearance. They don’t like having metal brackets all over their teeth when they smile. Lingual braces solve this problem by being almost invisible. Besides being invisible, lingual braces have other advantages.

They are far more capable and efficient than clear aligners for complex movements like correcting rotations, changing the heights of teeth, and closing extractions spaces. And any discoloration that occurs (white spots) will be on the inside of the teeth where it is not visible.

The Downside of having Lingual Braces

There are some challenges associated with having braces on the inside of the teeth. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to having braces next to your tongue. The brackets and wires will feel a little rough initially and they may affect your speech for a while. Lingual braces are also more difficult to keep clean. For those with periodontal problems, inside braces may actually make things harder. Lingual braces are not suitable for adults and teenagers who have small teeth, short crowns, or excessive bite problems (particularly an overbite). Your orthodontist will determine this at your initial exam.

In general, lingual braces cost more than traditional braces because the brackets are custom-made. On the other hand, they may be the best option for brass, woodwind players, and some athletes.

Types of Lingual Braces

Your orthodontist at 7 Day Dental could recommend a brand of lingual braces depending on your preference. Whatever type of lingual braces you decide to get, it will work just the way you expect. All types of behind the teeth braces work the same way to correct your smile. Some popular types of lingual braces are iBraces, Suresmile Lingual QT, Incognito, and In-Ovation.

What can your Child Eat with Behind the Teeth Braces?

Some of the foods your child can eat with lingual braces are pasta, meatballs, yogurt (frozen and Greek), steamed vegetables, fruits cups, creamy peanut butter, and some soft crackers. Your child can use mint mouth spray or other mouth fresheners such as oral strips to improve oral hygiene.

When your Child is Wearing Lingual Braces the Following Foods are a Big NO:

  • Popcorns
  • Sugary gums
  • Sticky candies
  • Corn on the cob
  • Raw and whole fruits and veggies
  • Crusty bread

Taking Care of Behind the Teeth Braces (Lingual Braces)

Lingual braces system is an orthodontic appliance so you should do the routine care as recommended with all orthodontic appliances.

Here are some suggestions to help you take better care of your behind the teeth braces.

  • Brush twice a day when wearing behind the teeth braces. You should brush for at least two minutes using non-abrasive toothpaste. Your orthodontist will explain proper brushing technique in detail after installing braces.
  • Floss daily to keep your teeth and braces clean of any food debris that could develop into plaque. You can use a floss threader or an interproximal brush, depending on space between your teeth.
  • Addition care for your braces is also required in order to achieve better oral hygiene when wearing lingual braces. You should use some sort of oral irrigation device to clean the debris around the brackets. Similarly, you should use a fluoride rinse on daily basis to keep your teeth strong. We recommend professional dental cleaning every six months.

At 7 Day Dental, we offer care for your smile. We want you to feel your best when you smile. Our experienced orthodontists are always happy to discuss lingual braces and other treatments.

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