Lingual braces – the subtlest route to straighter teeth?
By using lingual braces, you can straighten your teeth and improve your bite without anyone having to know you are having treatment. At Sheen Dental in Richmond, we have an in-house orthodontist, Dr Fotis Stavaras, who welcomes new patients of all ages – children, teenagers, and adults – for consultations.
At our Richmond dental practice, we have seen an increasing number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in recent years. We understand that the thought of standard metal braces can be off-putting for adults with busy professional careers, which is why we are proud to offer a number of more discreet alternatives.
Lingual braces are a very popular way to straighten your teeth secretly, and can be used to correct a wider range of orthodontic concerns than some more cosmetically-focused braces.
How lingual braces work
Unlike standard fixed braces, which are attached to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are attached to the rear – or lingual – surfaces of the teeth, which makes them invisible in everyday life, only seen if someone is staring directly down into your mouth.
At Sheen Dental in Richmond we use the world-renowned Incognito system of lingual braces, which are made from gold alloy so are also an excellent treatment option for people who are allergic to nickel.
Each set of Incognito lingual braces is fully customised to suit your individual clinical situation and needs. Although it sometimes takes a few days to get used to the feel of the braces on the rear surfaces of your teeth, once you have adjusted to them they are very comfortable.
Most other “invisible braces” involve the use of clear, removable aligners, which you need to remember to pop out and in after eating and drinking. With lingual braces, you have the convenience of having them in place at all times, so there’s no danger of forgetting to put them in affecting your treatment progress.
The dental hygienist at our Richmond clinic will teach you how to clean effectively around lingual braces, including the use of any special tools such as inter dental brushes or floss threaders to remove food particles trapped under brace wires.