Straighten your teeth with lingual braces at our London dental clinic on the Kings Road in Chelsea.
Lingual braces allow for the correction of misaligned teeth using a hidden fixed brace bonded on the inner surface of your teeth.
This method delivers reliable and predictable results for the correction of all types of orthodontic problems. Lingual braces – sometimes referred to as inner braces – are ideal for:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
It is the only 100% customised, invisible, fixed braces system available, and is ideal for those who want to straighten their teeth without the braces showing.
It is suitable for children, adolescents and adults. This treatment also works for all issues that require substantial movement of the teeth where removable brace types, like Invisalign, may not be suitable.
How Do Lingual Braces Work?
A lingual brace works in the same manner as a conventional fixed brace, giving maximum control and movement of your teeth.
It works by applying gentle, continuous pressure on your teeth, that slowly shifts them into a more atheistically pleasing position.
The difference between the two is that with a lingual brace the brackets and wires that comprise the hidden braces are positioned behind the teeth, on the tongue side, instead of in front of them, as with a standard brace
Benefits of hidden braces
The primary benefit of having the brace fitted on the lingual side is that it makes the brace nearly invisible to others.
No one will know you’re wearing it unless you tell them you are. This is the reason many people opt for lingual braces; they don’t want braces visible across the front of their teeth as they feel self-conscious about wearing them for aesthetic reasons.
Another benefit for inner braces is that you won’t have to remember to take them out at mealtimes. This eliminates the risk of losing your hidden braces and derailing your treatment plan.
The lingual braces procedure
The two types we specialise in are Incognito lingual braces and the WIN lingual system. Our in-house orthodontist at our clinic in London will evaluate the specifics of your orthodontics issue and recommend the best option for you.
Your first appointment
At your first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth that we will then send to a dental laboratory for your custom made brackets to be produced.
We will show you predictive images of how your new smile will look, so you will know in advance what improvements you can expect to achieve.
Creating your custom braces
Both the brackets and the wires of lingual braces are engineered individually with the latest state of the art CAD/CAM technology.
Each of the brackets – there is one for each of your teeth – is custom made to fit the natural contours of the back surfaces of your teeth.
This customisation results in a flatter, less obtrusive design, which ensure they are more comfortable to wear.
Placing your lingual braces
At your second appointment, our orthodontist will bond the brackets onto the back surfaces of your teeth, then attach the wire to the brackets and tighten it to begin the teeth straightening process.
We’ll schedule regular checkups to adjust your braces and make sure everything is progressing as it should.
At the end of the treatment plan, we will remove the braces and replace this with a retainer you can wear at night time to keep your teeth looking beautiful.
How long do lingual braces take to straighten teeth?
The treatment can take anywhere from 9-24 months to complete, with the varying timeframe being based upon the severity of your teeth misalignment at the outset. The first sign of improvements should be apparent in just a few months though.
For the first couple of weeks after the fitting of your hidden braces, your teeth, tongue and lips may feel sore, as is common with the fitting of any brace.
After a short adjustment period, the discomfort will disappear and you’ll be able to eat and speak normally. Our patients often say that having a great smile is worth this temporary inconvenience.
How to book your lingual orthodontics appointment
If you’re interested in exploring lingual orthodontics, we encourage you to get in touch. You can book online for an orthodontic consultation with our Specialist Orthodontist by using the button below:
Alternatively, to find out more about lingual braces, or to book an appointment at our dental clinic in London, call 020 7148 7148, email email@example.com or send us a message using the below contact form.