Lingual Braces

If you are looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth and don’t want to get more traditional braces then having the brackets and wires on the inside or lingual side of your teeth may be an option worth considering.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces work like traditional braces but the brackets and wires are placed on the inside surface of your teeth so no one will know you are having your teeth straightened.

Lingual braces can be more challenging to get used to and are often more expensive given the additional chair time required for each appointment and for the bespoke brackets and arch wires to be made but for many people, this is an investment worth making.

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Like traditional braces, the process starts with an appointment to review what needs doing and the options available to you. Some people are not suitable for lingual braces and your orthodontist will explain the reasons for this and the other options you might wish to consider. Lingual braces tend to be more expensive with fees from £4500 to £8000 frequently quoted. Lingual braces take longer to get used to and you may find your speech affected for the first week or two. Many patients report their tongue getting sore from rubbing on the brackets but this soon passes.


Completely invisible

With the brackets on the inside, no one will know you are wearing braces


With your braces fixed in place, they will work 24/7


It is possible to get a very good final result from lingual braces although some patients report having to use traditional labial braces to get the final result they are looking for


It will take a while to get used to lingual braces and your tongue will get sore but  this will pass soon


Lingual braces are not widely available given the skill required to use them effectively so you will need to find a specialist orthodontist


You may be required to use elastics to achieve some tooth movements and these may be more visible


It can take a few days to get used to your lingual braces so keep practicing and don’t give up


Lingual braces tend to be the most expensive orthodontic option


Lingual braces take some getting used to and not everyone tolerates the brackets on the inside well so you need to be committed to have lingual braces

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