Use of lingual braces, fitted to the back of the teeth rather than the front, is growing in popularity. Yet research shows that more than 70 per cent of people in the UK are unaware that braces can be concealed behind the teeth.
As lingual braces are not visible from the front you can continue to smile with confidence while you are having orthodontic treatment. They are ideal for adults wishing to undergo treatment. They can be used on both top and bottom teeth or in one jaw only and can be combined with tooth coloured braces.
Lingual braces are custom made to your teeth. Moulds are taken of your teeth and then sent to a specialized laboratory which custom makes your brace to fit your teeth and achieve the treatment goals that are desired and decided with you at the first appointment. When you start treatment with lingual braces, it takes a few weeks to get used to the brace and to adapt to eating and speaking. Most adults find that it takes between two to three weeks to get used to the lingual brace.
For more information on lingual braces please visit the British Lingual Orthodontic Society website (www.blos.co.uk).
For more information on how to care for your brace please visit our Brace Care section.
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