Functions of Lingual Braces
Like conventional metal braces, lingual orthodontics help to correct :
- Bad bites occurring as a result of mal-aligned teeth.
- Gaps in between you teeth.
- Rotations of your teeth.
- Crowding of teeth can be improved.
- As conventional orthodontics lingual braces apply continuous and gentle pressure on teeth causing them to shift to proper place.
Advantages of lingual braces
- Most esthetic orthodontic braces system, almost invisible.
- Greater patient acceptance for this treatment by most working adults.
- Bite opening results comes faster and easier way.
- True intrusion of incisors is possible.
- Risk of enamel decalcification patch on tooth surface being visible after de-bonding is avoided.
- Lesser forces are used during the treatment.
- Oral hygiene maintenance is better.
- Acts as reminder appliance in cases with tongue- thrusting habit.
Disadvantages of Lingual Orthodontic Braces System
- Treatment needs to be done under indirect vision.
- Speech might get distorted at least initially.
- Treatment not possible if lingual crown height is less.
- Chair side time is greatly increased
- More expensive technique.
Ideal candidate for Lingual Braces system :
- This system is suitable for patients of any age group.
Persons who cannot have lingual Braces :
- People who have small teeth or certain specific type of bites.
- Children who still have some of the milk teeth retained.
Can lingual braces be used along with conventional Braces :
Yes we can, Lingual braces can be worn for both upper and lower teeth. However, as the lower arch teeth are less visible — we can go for a combination of systems, lingual braces on upper arch teeth and conventional clear tooth colored – invisible braces for lower arch teeth.
Recovery expectations with Lingual Braces:
- Patient may experience temporary soreness of tongue.
- Patient may experience temporary speech impairment.
- Patient may experience mild discomfort during chewing.
- Tongue thrusting for swallowing would not be possible initially and you may have to learn a new technique for swallowing.
- Patient may require up to 4 to 5 weeks to get adjusted to this system.
Post care instructions with Lingual Orthodontics :
- Patient should rinse the mouth using slight warm water with salt to avoid initial discomfort.
- Patient has to adapt to a new swallowing technique.
- Eat soft food items for first few days.
- Maintain good oral hygiene – Brush after every meal and use a mouth rinse regularly.
- Patient should – Speak more to aid in speaking more clearly