What are Lingual Braces and How Can They
A lot of adults are turned off the idea of out-dated metal braces as they
don’t want the metal looking smile which is where the new and improved lingual braces (braces on
the tongue side of the teeth) come in. The obvious advantage of lingual braces is that no one will
know you are wearing them, unless, they were to look inside your mouth. Apart from that, there is
no compelling medical or clinical reason to use lingual braces over regular
The cost of Lingual Braces is greater than
traditional metal braces however the majority of people seeking this treatment are happy to pay the
extra costs involved. One of the contributing factors to the larger expense is the fact that the
brackets are manufactured individually for each tooth and therefore more expensive to
orthodontists. The procedure also is more tedious and takes the dentist much longer thus increasing
Disadvantages of Lingual Braces
Orthodontists need specialised training to enable them to work with patients who opt for lingual
braces. Not every orthodontist offers this option.
Lingual braces have been known to irritate the
tongue initially but this often subsides after two or three weeks. They may also cause a slight
lisp but this also subsides.
To learn more about lingual braces call our
friendly team today on (07) 5447 5040.