Lingual braces are completely invisible because they are fitted to the back of the teeth, and they are effective at treating anything up to complex multi-disciplinary orthodontic cases. This makes them popular among adult patients who want corrective work but don’t feel comfortable with fixed braces on the front of the teeth.
Benefits of lingual braces at
The Bristol Dental Practice
Impeccable experience in lingual technology
Our consultant specialist orthodontist Mr Scott Deacon has treated patients in Germany under the guidance of Dr Dirk Wiechmann, who developed and tested the Incognito lingual braces system, publishing his results in 2003 in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Incognito uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to combine block fabrication and positioning, whereby the wires and blocks are customised to the patient’s tooth surfaces.
Are lingual braces suitable for everybody?
There are limitations, for instance lingual braces are not suitable for patients who have a large number of teeth with crowns and fillings because the blocks will be difficult to glue onto the back surfaces of the teeth.
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What happens during a consultation for lingual braces?
If the patient has expressed interest in lingual braces our specialist orthodontist will check whether they are a viable option in a lengthy assessment. It will be explained that this is not as comfortable as other orthodontic systems owing to the fact that the braces are in contact with the tongue, so it can take longer to get used to the appliance.
How long does treatment take?
Between 12 and 36 months, a longer timeframe than other systems because there is less leverage to apply force from the inside surfaces of the teeth as the gaps between the blocks are smaller and there is less room to play with.
How should lingual braces be looked after?
They are harder to see, which means good oral hygiene takes more effort. We advise patients on which special toothbrushes can help, and monitor their progress.
See some of our cases,
before and after
Referrals for lingual braces
We’re always happy to receive referrals for any of our dental services, we treat routine to very complex cases and we also help extremely nervous patients who require sedation in order to access dental treatment.