Transform your smile with invisible orthodontic treatment using Lingual Braces

Invisible lingual braces are available from Marda Loop Braces. Here’s what you need to know about them, including their pros and cons, cost, comfort, lisping and more.

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The word “lingual” refers to the side of the teeth that faces the tongue, hence the name “lingual braces.”

What are lingual braces?

Just like traditional metal braces, lingual braces gradually shift the teeth into their desired positions. They use brackets and wires to apply gentle pressure, guiding the teeth to their ideal alignment over time. The treatment duration with lingual and conventional metal braces can vary depending on the complexity of the case, but your orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan to achieve the desired results.

Lingual braces are a treatment option that offers a discreet and effective way to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces that are placed on the front of the teeth, lingual braces are attached to the back surface, making them virtually invisible from the outside.

The primary advantage of lingual braces is their ability to straighten teeth without hurting the appearance of your smile. This makes them a popular choice for people who wish to have their teeth and smile fixed without drawing attention to their braces. Whether you’re a self-consciousness teenager or an adult professional wanting to look your best, lingual braces provide a great option.

Are lingual braces comfortable?

Similar to most traditional orthodontic braces and treatments, there may be an adjustment period when getting lingual braces. You may experience some initial discomfort or difficulty speaking, as your tongue adapts to the presence of the braces. However, most individuals find that these temporary challenges subside quickly as they get used to the lingual braces.

While the idea of lingual braces may sound similar to traditional braces, there are some differences. Since the braces are attached to the back of the teeth, they require careful customization to fit each individual’s unique dental anatomy. This ensures a comfortable fit and optimal results. Orthodontists who specialize in lingual braces undergo additional training to master the technique and provide the best possible treatment outcome.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment and want a hidden appliance, lingual braces could be a great option for you. Consulting with Dr. Chen who is experienced in orthodontic braces and lingual braces will help determine if you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment and provide you with all the necessary information to make an informed decision.

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Do lingual braces cause lisping?

Because Lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth, they may initially cause a slight alteration in speech for some individuals. This can manifest as a temporary lisp or difficulty pronouncing certain sounds. However, it’s important to note that any speech changes are usually minor and tend to diminish as the tongue quickly adjusts to the presence of the braces.

During the initial period of wearing lingual braces, the tongue may come into contact with the brackets more frequently than usual, which can temporarily affect speech patterns. This adjustment phase is typically short-lived, and most people adapt to the to wear lingual braces within a few weeks. As the tongue becomes accustomed to the positioning of the braces, speech gradually returns to normal.

It’s worth mentioning that each individual’s experience may vary. Factors such as the specific alignment of the teeth, the individual’s ability to adapt, and the type of lingual braces used can influence the extent and duration of any speech changes. Additionally, practicing proper tongue placement and enunciation exercises recommended by your orthodontist or speech therapist can help expedite the adjustment process.

If you do experience temporary speech changes or a mild lisp after getting lingual braces, remember that it is a normal part of the initial adaptation phase. Your orthodontist can provide guidance, support, and reassurance throughout the treatment process to ensure your comfort and address any concerns you may have.

What do lingual braces cost?

The cost of lingual braces can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the complexity of the orthodontic case, the geographic location, the orthodontist’s experience and expertise in lingual brace, and the duration of treatment required. Generally, lingual braces tend to be more expensive than traditional braces due to the specialized nature of the treatment.

Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that dental insurance coverage varies, and not all plans cover lingual braces. Contacting your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage for orthodontic treatment, including lingual braces, is recommended.

Ultimately, investing in orthodontic treatment, such as lingual braces, can have long-term benefits for your oral health and self-confidence. Discussing the cost and available payment options with Dr. Chen will help you make an informed decision about pursuing lingual braces and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the financial aspects involved.

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Cleaning your teeth with lingual braces

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial when wearing lingual braces to ensure healthy teeth and gums throughout the orthodontic treatment. Cleaning your teeth with lingual braces requires a bit of extra care and attention due to the unique placement of the braces on the back of your teeth. Here are some tips for maintaining good oral hygiene with lingual braces:

  1. Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth after each meal and before bedtime. Take extra care to clean around the brackets and wires by angling the toothbrush bristles towards the lingual (back) surface of your teeth. Pay attention to all surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Brush for at least two minutes, ensuring a thorough cleaning.
  2. Interdental Cleaning: Flossing with lingual braces can be a bit trickier but is still essential. Use floss threaders, interdental brushes, or water flossers to clean between the teeth and around the brackets. This helps remove food particles and plaque that can accumulate and contribute to tooth decay and gum problems. Dr. Chen can guide you on the best interdental cleaning tools and techniques to use with lingual braces.
  3. Mouthwash: Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash can provide additional protection against bacteria and plaque buildup. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash and swish it around your mouth for the recommended time to reach all areas.
  4. Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your orthodontist and dentist. They will monitor your oral health, clean hard-to-reach areas, and provide guidance on maintaining optimal oral hygiene with lingual braces.
  5. Healthy Diet: Be mindful of your diet and limit the consumption of sugary and sticky foods that can get trapped around the braces and increase the risk of tooth decay. Opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support overall oral health.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment to prevent issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and white spot lesions. It may take some extra effort and time to clean around lingual braces, but the long-term benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile make it worthwhile.

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