Lingual braces, sometimes referred to as ‘hidden braces’, sit on the inside surface of your teeth rather than being attached to the front like a traditional brace. The way they are positioned means they are virtually invisible from the outside.
How do they work?
Lingual braces are a type of fixed brace, so they’re attached to your teeth using brackets. The brackets are connected by a wire and attached to the inside of your teeth. They’re often used by people looking for a more discreet option than traditional fixed braces.
How do I know if lingual braces are right for me?
If you want to straighten your teeth but are concerned about the look of traditional braces, lingual braces are a more subtle alternative. They’re suitable for all ages and are also a great option if you’re into activities such as contact sports like rugby, or if you play a wind instrument, as they’re less disruptive than a normal brace.
How long do they take to straighten your teeth?
Depending on the type of lingual brace you have, straightening can take anywhere from a few months up to two years.
If you’re looking for a purely cosmetic fix, you can also have a ‘social’ lingual brace fitted, which is specially designed to move the front six to eight teeth in a few months, which is a type of cosmetic straightening. For more severe straightening issues or any clinical need for braces, you would have to have the traditional lingual brace to suitably move the teeth.
Although treatment can take up to two years, you should start to see a noticeable improvement a few months down the line.