An increasingly popular option for patients, Lingual Braces consist of fixed metal brackets attached to the interior of your teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable from the outside. As such, they are an ideal option for both teen and adult patients who would like to straighten their teeth discreetly.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we appreciate that traditional Braces are not for everyone. Older patients who wish to straighten their teeth are constantly influenced by social media and cosmetic considerations. Our experienced dentists, Dr Emma Laing and Dr Darsh Patel, can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with lingual braces without sacrificing your looks.
How do lingual braces work?
Lingual braces function exactly like traditional metal braces, but instead of being fixed to the front of your teeth, they are instead attached to the inside surfaces, above your tongue. If you choose to straighten your teeth with lingual, invisible braces in Harley Street, your treatment won’t differ significantly from that with traditional braces.
During your initial consultation, our experienced dentist will examine your mouth, as well as take x-rays, dental impressions and measurements to identify problem areas and create a custom treatment plan. During placement, your dentist will carefully glue a tiny metal bracket to the back of your teeth using special dental adhesive.
Some types of lingual braces consist of self-ligating brackets, which means that instead of using elastic bands to attach the archwire to the brackets, the wire is attached directly to the brackets. These lingual braces work considerably faster than regular braces and less painful.
Once your lingual braces are securely fixed in your mouth, you will have to visit your Harley Street dentist for regular adjustments. While adjusting your braces, your dentist will apply controlled pressure to straighten your teeth and align your jaw as needed.
Taking care of lingual braces
Because lingual braces are inside your mouth and cannot be seen, special care must be taken to ensure optimal oral health. In addition to keeping your regular appointments with your dentist, you should also brush, floss and rinse your teeth with mouthwash daily.
If you have any questions about lingual, invisible braces in Harley Street, or to schedule a consultation appointment, please contact us today.