Lingual braces are both very similar and very different from traditional braces
They’re similar in that they utilise wires and brackets to move your teeth, but they’re entirely different as they’re attached to the backs of your teeth, making them almost invisible to the rest of the world. There is quite a list of public figures who have undergone orthodontic treatment with lingual braces without most of the world even noticing.
As they are attached to the backs of your teeth, lingual braces are an excellent option for those who are concerned about their appearance while undergoing the treatment. This also eliminates irritation to the lips and cheeks that traditional braces can cause.
Taking care of your lingual braces
As with all orthodontic appliances, a high level of oral hygiene is essential for ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of the treatment. Proper care of your lingual braces should include:
Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes.
Using a soft round-bristle toothbrush to brush at the gum line and the teeth.
Flossing daily (floss threader can also be used) or an interproximal brush (if space between the teeth is present) to remove plaque and food debris between the teeth.
Using an oral irrigation device to help flush out food debris around the brackets and teeth.
Rinsing with a fluoride rinse to strengthen the teeth.
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