10 Good Reasons to Get Behind Your Smile

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All eyes on smiles, lingual braces to straighten teeth are becoming more and more popular.  Everyone wants to get ahead and straighten their teeth to give their confidence a boost,  and it would seem everyone wants to get behind their smile.  Lingual braces are a very popular choice with film stars, pop stars, royalty and professionals in the media spotlight for the simple reason they are concealed behind your teeth.   All fixed braces have wires and brackets to put gentle pressure on your teeth to move, but not all fixed braces are hidden, even from the paparazzi and their lenses. The first choice in adult braces, I Love Straight Teeth have put together this complete guide for Lingual Braces to give you the most information with the minimal of effort.

1# What Are Lingual Braces?

Your idea of a fixed brace may be a row of brackets and wire bonded to the front of your teeth resembling a train track.  Now think again. Lingual means the side nearest your tongue. Lingual braces are fitted to the reverse side of your teeth where they can’t be seen. Lightweight and discreet, the braces work in a similar way to a traditional fixed brace gently moving your teeth towards their desired position to give you an attractive and confident smile.

2# Why Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are a very effective treatment to resolve simple, moderate and more difficult issues with overcrowded, crooked, protruding,  gappy teeth and more complex problems, such as bite issues.

Lingual braces are more comfortable than other fixed braces. The wires and brackets fit snuggly behind your teeth where they can’t rub your lips or the tender flesh of your cheeks.

And best of all, they are hidden. No one will know you are wearing braces unless, of course, you spill the beans!

3# More Advantages

Lingual braces help to achieve a broad smile.

Some people have a v-shaped jaw, a narrow jaw. Other people have a square jaw. Lingual braces can help shape the arch and open up your smile.

Fitted behind the teeth, lingual braces create the most expansion. Consequently, you don’t need so much IPR. IPR is where a little space is created between the teeth to allow movement.

The active wires move the teeth efficiently and quickly.

4# How Are Lingual Braces Fitted?

When you attend your brace consultation, our dentist will make a full diagnosis of the health and condition of your teeth and gums, including taking x-rays to determine the extent of the problem and your suitability for lingual braces.  Impressions will be taken of both your upper and lower teeth from which we can see if you have a bite problem. From the impressions, a complete model of your teeth is made, and we can show you how your smile will potentially look when straightened.  Your treatment plan and costings are put together for your approval.

5# What Happens Next?

Your impressions are sent to our laboratory where your customised brackets and wires are made.  Each bracket and wire have to fit precisely, so the teeth move in the prescribed manner.

At your second appointment, the dentist will bond the brackets to the back of your top teeth, bottom teeth, or both, depending on the extent of the work to be done, and fix the wires which provide the gentle tension which, over time, move your teeth into place.   

6# How Often Will I Have To Clean My Brace?

Clean teeth accelerate the movement of your teeth with braces.  It is essential your brush and floss your teeth after every meal. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush, it may be worthwhile investing in one, as well as rinsing daily with a good fluoride mouthwash.

While the Lingual brace is in place, your dentist will recommend you see your hygienist on a regular basis. The brace is attached to the back of your teeth and food can easily get trapped that you might miss with normal brushing. Making regular appointments with your dentist can help keep you on top of your oral hygiene.

7# Will Lingual Braces Affect My Speech?

Having something fitted into your mouth will always cause a change in the way you speak. Some patients find it gives them a slight lisp or they struggle with particular words. You will quickly adjust and learn to speak normally with a lingual brace.

8# How Long Do Lingual Braces Take?

Everyone has a different problem they need corrected. Without a consultation it is impossible to estimate the time.  On average, lingual braces take between 4-9 months.

9# How Much Do Lingual Braces Cost?

Because lingual braces require more complicated adjustments than other types of adult braces, they are often more expensive. Lingual braces also use custom made bracket and wires. Although it is difficult to provide an exact cost without an individual assessment, lingual braces in the region of £2,000 – £3,000 for a single arch to £4,000 – £5,000 for dual arches.

Lingual braces are tailored to meet your needs and so are our pricing plans.  We can offer you a payment plan to fit your budget.

10# Will My Teeth Be Permanently Straight After Braces?

Yes, if you have a permanent or removable retainer fitted.  We often see patients who wore braces in their teens but did not commit to wearing a retainer. As a result, their teeth moved back to their original position, and they had to begin again.  

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