Unlike traditional orthodontic braces that are placed on the front sides of teeth, lingual braces are placed on the back sides of the teeth next to the tongue. This provides the same smile-correcting effects for the patient without the self-consciousnesses associated with traditional metal braces. Treatment typically lasts 18-36 months, depending on the patient’s specific needs. The average cost of lingual braces is $8,000-$10,000.
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About the Procedure
The first step to placing lingual braces involves the orthodontist taking impressions of the teeth. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab where customized brackets will be manufactured. This normally takes about 6 weeks. Once the doctor receives the brackets from the lab, the patient returns for placement. The placement of lingual braces involves cleaning and polishing the teeth, air drying them, and then applying a nourishing conditioner. Then, the orthodontist will use a strong dental cement to affix the brackets to the back sides of the patient’s teeth. Then, archwires, hooks, rubber bands, and other devices will be placed on the brackets as needed to begin the smile correction process. Lingual brackets typically have to be worn for 18-36 months, depending on the severity of correction needed. The placement process typically takes less than an hour, does not require anesthesia, and costs between $8,000-$10,000 on average. Some popular brands are Suresmile Lingual QT, In-Ovation, STb Light Lingual System, Incognito, and iBraces.
The goal of lingual braces is to improve a number of dental imperfections such as crowding, too much space between teeth, overbite, crossbite, openbite, and overjet.
What to Expect
Lingual braces are placed on the back sides of the teeth next to the tongue. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after lingual braces.
- X-rays, photos, and impressions will be made
- Some permanent teeth may be removed
- Separators may be placed between molars
- Teeth will be cleaned and polished
- Conditioner applied to teeth to prepare for bonding agent
- Cement is used to affix the brackets on the back of the teeth
- Excess cement is removed
- High-intensity light is used to cure the brackets
- Archwire, hook, and bands are placed as needed to realign the teeth
Once the braces are secured, there is no recovery process needed. The teeth and gums may feel sore or sensitive, however, discomfort will diminish with time. Use provided dental wax to cover any irritating wires or brackets that may cause pain. OTC medications may be used as needed to alleviate discomfort.
The ideal candidate for lingual braces are those whose teeth are in good general health who wish to improve dental imperfections such as crowding, too much space between teeth, crossbite, openbite, and overjet.
Not Recommended For
Lingual braces are not recommended for patients with a deep overbite. This is because the overbite might bear too much pressure on the brackets and cause them to fall off easily.
Side effects from lingual braces may include tooth and jaw pain, irritation, and discomfort, although these symptoms are typically mild.