If you need more strength and control with your orthodontics, you may want to consider “hidden braces.” If you live in Boston, Norwood, Brookline, Framingham, MA or any surrounding communities, call Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, and DScD. Dr. Baloul is a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, offering lingual braces to correct teeth positioning and create a bright smile.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are another way to have less noticeable braces. They are made of metal, matching the shape of your teeth, but are affixed to the back of your teeth rather than the front. They are more common with adults who need the strength of brackets and wires but do not want to have metal braces.
At Elegant Orthodontics, Dr. Baloul uses Incognito™ orthodontic braces when lingual braces are an option. These are often called “hidden braces” because they are placed behind your teeth, allowing you to wear them without being seen by anyone. Incognito™ uses an innovative technology customized to each patient’s mouth to straighten teeth. With Incognito™ braces, teenagers and adults who require more controlled treatment like that of traditional metal braces are often candidates. ,
How Do Lingual Braces Work?
With lingual braces, the materials are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are attached to the back side of the teeth, so they are not visible from the front. The treatment is similar to traditional braces in that they straighten teeth, correct bite and jaw alignment.
Lingual braces are customized to each patient’s mouth and teeth to ensure a precise fit. Dr. Baloul first makes an impression of the teeth. The lab then creates metal brackets to fit the back of each tooth using advanced computerized technology. Once complete, the brackets are affixed to each tooth and the treatment process begins.
Do Lingual Braces Affect My Speech?
As with any type of orthodontics, you’ll spend the first few days getting used to having braces. Within a matter of days, you adjust to the feel of the braces and your speech returns to normal.
How Do I Clean My Lingual Braces?
With braces of any kind, it is imperative to maintain good oral hygiene, even though it takes more effort. Electronic toothbrushes such as SoniCare® are excellent ways to brush teeth with braces as they are gentle but can reach difficult places. A Waterpik is also a great way to floss between the wires and teeth.
Do Lingual Braces Hurt?
Lingual braces are much like other orthodontic treatments where there is some discomfort after they are placed on the teeth and following each adjustment. It lasts a couple of days and is easily treated with pain relievers such as ibuprofen or Tylenol.
How Much Do Lingual Braces Cost?
There is no standard cost for lingual braces since each treatment plan is different. The cost is based on the purpose of the braces and how long it takes to achieve the desired results. We know it is a big expense and during your consultation with Dr. Baloul, the cost will be discussed, as well as our payment options. We offer financing through OrthoFi to help make braces more affordable.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lingual Braces?
If you want or need to correct teeth or jaw alignment and move teeth into their correct position, you may be a candidate for lingual braces. Teens and adults like the idea of wearing hidden braces especially when clear aligners are not a possibility. We recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Baloul to determine if lingual braces or another type are the right option for your treatment.
Lingual braces may be an answer to your orthodontic treatment especially if you are concerned about how braces look on your teeth. At Elegant Orthodontics, Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, offers lingual braces to people living in Boston, Norwood, Brookline and Framingham, MA. Contact us today for a consultation.