Lingual Braces in Virginia Beach, VA
There is a perceived negative stigma about wearing braces for some people. Luckily, you have options. Lingual braces are just one of many options for straightening teeth. If you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or throughout Virginia’s eastern shore and require braces to straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth, we invite you to contact us to learn more.
What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces, also called hidden braces, are another type of less noticeable braces made of metal. The brackets are custom-made to fit the back side or tongue side of the teeth. Wires are threaded through the brackets just as with metal and ceramic braces, making them just as strong but virtually unnoticeable. Lingual braces correct most orthodontic issues including over-crowding, protruding teeth, and issues with bites.
About Incognito™ Braces
Incognito™ braces are state-of-the-art, custom-designed lingual metal braces that fit exactly to the backside of the teeth. Digital x-rays and intraoral scans are taken of the teeth so that the brackets fit perfectly. The wires are held to the brackets with small elastic bands.
Why Do People Choose Lingual Braces?
Teens and adults often choose to wear lingual braces when they do not want to wear noticeable braces on the front of their teeth, but clear aligners are not strong enough to correct the issues. Adult professionals are often more comfortable with lingual braces because they are not as obvious, while teens and young adults involved in contact sports can play without any hesitation.
Can I Talk with Lingual Braces?
There may be some change in speech during the first couple of weeks following placement. It is often helpful to read out loud to become accustomed to them, so that your speech returns to normal. After a short time, your speech should return to normal.
How Do Lingual Braces Work?
Lingual braces are called hidden braces because they are adhered to the backside of the teeth. Digital x-rays and scans are taken of your teeth and mouth during your consultation so that the brackets can be made to fit each tooth. The braces are placed on the back of the teeth followed by a wire threaded through each bracket. The wires are secured with small elastic bands. They are used to accomplish what traditional metal braces do, but are not visible.
How Long Do I Have to Wear Lingual Braces?
Treatment plans with lingual braces vary with each patient based on the corrections being made. While the average treatment time is about two years, patients typically start seeing a change within months as the braces shift the teeth.
How Do I Care for Lingual Braces?
With lingual braces, oral hygiene is of the utmost importance – brushing after every meal and flossing every day. You can use a Waterpik® or other water flosser to ensure you remove food particles in hard-to-reach places. As for brushing, electric toothbrushes are highly recommended for brushing the teeth and braces.
If you’re concerned with your appearance while wearing braces, you have options. If you are living in or around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or throughout Virginia’s eastern shore, we invite you to learn about your options by contacting us.
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