What are lingual braces?
The word ‘lingual’ originates from a Latin word meaning “close to the tongue”. They differ from conventional fixed braces because they are placed behind the teeth. This makes them virtually invisible and won’t affect your facial profile.
How do lingual braces work?
Lingual braces are used to correct misaligned teeth and bite problems using a fixed brace that has been bonded to the inner side of the teeth. This enables teeth to be moved into their correct position without having the braces in plain view. Lingual appliances aren’t suitable for every patient and some may find them difficult to adapt too as they can affect speech and chewing, although this only tends to be at the beginning of treatment while you get used to wearing the appliance. Children can be fitted with lingual braces, but only after the eruption of most of the permanent teeth.
At Trinity House Orthodontics, we use two types of lingual braces:
Incognito™ is a lingual brace appliance suitable for all types of orthodontic problems. Furthermore, it is easy to keep clean. Both the brackets and wires are custom made for each individual using specialised CAD/CAM technology. The remarkable flat design of the gold alloy brackets (anti allergic) provides maximum patient comfort and rapid adaptation to speech.
STb™ Light lingual system
The STb Light Lingual System utilizes a new passive self-ligation design for dramatically reduced friction and lighter forces. The STb system comprises the most advanced lingual technology, making it incredibly comfortable for the patient and very easy to use. With STb, patient compliance issues disappear as you no longer need to worry about misplaced aligners or interruptions in treatment time.
What are the benefits of lingual braces?
There are both medical and aesthetic advantages to the lingual brace. The inner side of the teeth is much more robust and less susceptible to decalcification and decay. This means that with lingual orthodontics, permanent damage to the teeth is less likely than with a fixed brace worn on the outer side of the teeth.
Both the treatment time and the results from lingual braces are the same as for a normal fixed brace.