Lingual Braces

What are Lingual braces?

Lingual braces are the discrete way to straighten teeth, providing the perfect cosmetic alternative to conventional braces that are often bulky and aesthetically displeasing. Lingual braces are comprised of small brackets and arch wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth making them virtually invisible to other people. The metal brackets are custom-made to fit the individual shape of your teeth, and are attached to the back of the teeth for ultimate discreteness. The braces work in very much the same way as traditional braces to effectively straighten your teeth but offer a unique level of discreteness.

What does treatment involve?

It will usually take up to two visits for your Lingual braces to be attached, though this may vary for some. Your first visit will be when an impression is taken of your teeth by the dentist in order to create the foundations for your custom-made set of braces.

On your second visit, when the Lingual braces are attached, the dentist will cement then attached the arch wire to complete application. Lingual braces are entirely custom-made in order to offer make sure the results are as per your individual requirements.

What are the advantages of Lingual braces?

The advantages of Lingual braces are outlined below:

  • It is a cosmetic alternative to conventional braces and cannot be seen by others
  • You can effectively clean and maintain good oral hygiene due to the way the braces are bonded to the back of your teeth
  • Lingual braces are not removable which means that you do not need to take them out and clean them

Are there any disadvantages?

  • Lingual braces are more costly compared to traditional braces
  • There may be a more lengthy and difficult adjustment time
  • It may take time for the braces to feel comfortable
  • The braces are not suitable for all types of bites

What is the average treatment time for Lingual braces?

In order to see positive results Lingual braces usually take the same amount of time as traditional braces, around 1-3 years depending on your individual circumstances. The treatment time for application of the braces may take up to a week and then a further 14 days to adjust to the new braces.

How much do Lingual braces cost?

The costs of Lingual braces varies according to the following:

  • The severity of your teeth and moevemnt required
  • The practice where you have the orthodontic treatment
  • The experience of the orthodontist
  • The brace system used

On average, Lingual braces tend to be more costly than standard braces, prices are around £3000- £14000 depending on the factors above. A consultation with you orthodontist will give you the chance to get an idea of costs and likely timescales of treatment.