What are lingual braces?

Lingual braces, also known as “incognito braces”, are a type of orthodontic treatment that is placed on the backside of the teeth, making them hidden from view when smiling or talking. They work similarly to traditional braces by using brackets and wires to gradually move the teeth into alignment. The brackets are custom-made to fit the contours of each tooth, providing a precise fit. Lingual braces are a discreet option for those who want to straighten their teeth without the appearance of traditional braces.

Yes, lingual braces can initially affect speech for some people. Since the brackets and wires of lingual braces are positioned on the backside of the teeth, they may come into contact with the tongue and interfere with normal tongue movements during speech. This can cause temporary changes in speech patterns or result in a slight lisp or altered pronunciation of certain sounds. However, most individuals adapt to lingual braces within a few weeks to a couple of months, and their speech returns to normal as they become accustomed to the braces’ presence. Speech therapy exercises may also be recommended by orthodontists to help with the adjustment period. It’s important to note that the degree of speech impact varies from person to person, and not everyone experiences significant speech changes with lingual braces.

In general, the treatment duration for lingual braces is comparable to traditional braces. The time required to achieve the desired results with lingual braces will depend on various factors, including the complexity of your orthodontic case and the specific treatment plan created by your orthodontist.

While the overall treatment duration may not be significantly different, some aspects of lingual braces treatment may take slightly longer compared to traditional braces. The customisation process for lingual braces, including creating personalised brackets and wires, can add some additional time to the initial stages of treatment. Additionally, adjustments and maintenance of lingual braces may require more time and precision due to their positioning on the backside of
the teeth.

It’s important to note that the treatment duration for both lingual braces and traditional braces can vary from person to person. Factors such as the severity of misalignment, bite issues, and individual responses to treatment can influence the overall timeline. Your dental specialist will provide you with a personalised treatment plan and an estimate of the expected duration based on your specific case.

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