Do lingual braces hurt?

Lingual braces are generally very comfortable but can cause some minor discomfort as the teeth move.

Most people wish that their smile could be straighter, healthier, and more beautiful. Fortunately, advances in the field of orthodontics mean that a straight smile is more achievable than ever before. If you are a suitable candidate for orthodontic treatment but would like a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, you might consider lingual braces. Designed to be attached to the back of the teeth, lingual braces are almost completely invisible. Read on to find out more about the treatment, what lingual braces feel like, and what their benefits are…

How do they work?

Lingual braces are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth, which means that they are hidden from view. They can be placed over all of the upper or lower teeth, or used only on the front eight teeth, depending on the orthodontic issue that you would like resolved. They work in much the same way as traditional braces by exerting constant pressure on the teeth, forcing them into new positions gradually over time. They are made of the same components as traditional braces, including brackets and wires.

Who is suited to lingual braces?  

If you think that lingual braces might be right for you, the best thing you can do is to consult with your orthodontist. Lingual braces can be used to correct most of the same types of alignment issues as traditional braces, but it is important to note that the treatment is not appropriate in every case. For this reason, it is important that your orthodontist examines your teeth and jaw before you choose a treatment. After a thorough assessment, your orthodontist will be able to let you know which treatment options are available to you, and which are most suitable when it comes to addressing your particular issue.

Are they comfortable?

Lingual braces are generally considered a comfortable treatment. It is important to understand, however, that all braces may cause some level of discomfort as they exert pressure on the teeth and cause the teeth to shift. You may experience a dull ache when your lingual braces are first fitted or when you have them adjusted. Your orthodontist may recommend that you take over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate any discomfort that you feel at these stages of treatment. You may also find it helpful to eat soft and liquid foods, such as yoghurt, smoothies and mashed vegetables until your pain resolves.

What are the benefits?

There are a number of benefits to choosing lingual braces. Because they are virtually invisible, they are often an ideal solution for individuals who want to straighten their teeth as discreetly as possible. They are also a highly effective treatment and can resolve a range of orthodontic problems, including crooked and crowded teeth, and most bite-related issues.

Lingual braces are custom-made for each individual patient. This helps to ensure optimal comfort, as well as excellent results.

How can we help?

At Berwick Orthodontic Specialists, we offer a range of orthodontic solutions, including lingual braces. If you have an orthodontic concern that you would like addressed and are looking for a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, you might consider lingual braces. The treatment is particularly popular among teens and adults and can be used to resolve a wide range of orthodontic problems.

If you would like to find out more about how lingual braces work and the benefits of the treatment, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 9212 0217.   Besides lingual braces, we also offer a range of other orthodontic solutions. These include children’s orthodontics, metal and ceramic braces, clear aligners, orthodontic appliances and surgical orthodontic treatment. To find out more about our range of treatments, please have a look here.