Lingual braces are one of several options for discreet cosmetic teeth straightening. They’re virtually invisible when you’re smiling, eating or talking, so no one knows you’re wearing them. Therefore, although they’re suitable for all ages, this makes them ideal for adults who want to get their teeth straightened, or get rid of gaps in their teeth.
What are lingual braces?
Sometimes called ‘hidden braces’, lingual braces are just like traditional braces except they’re fitted to the inside of your teeth rather than the front surface. So although they can’t be seen by other people, they’re still a type of fixed metal brace, made of brackets and wires.Find an orthodontist
How do lingual braces work?
A strong ‘arch’ wire is threaded through the brackets glued to the back of your teeth. Because your teeth need straightening, this will pull the arch wire out of shape.
Over time, the arch wire pulls back to its original shape, and this means that your teeth – attached to the wire – go with it. As a result, they get straightened into an improved dental arch.
You’ll need to go back to your dentist every few weeks to have the wires tightened and adjusted until you achieve the desired result.
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