Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – Standard lingual braces produced by the STb Lingual System are similar to normal metal braces, except that they are invisible because they attach to the back of the teeth and not the front, allowing patients to received tooth straightening treatment with a confident smile.
A – Lingual braces are suitable for anyone with gaps between their teeth, too many teeth in their mouth (overcrowded jaw) or to improve an improper bite (otherwise known as malocclusion).
A – At your consultation with our resident dentist, the types of braces and lingual brace systems will be discussed with you. Research shows that in most cases, lingual braces are successful in straightening teeth and improving bite, however, although rare it is possible for an aligner to be misplaced or to cause discomfort, but this is easily solvable.
Lingual braces may not be suitable for children with milk teeth and some people with very small mouths. Certain bite problems are best solved with other treatments that our dentist can discuss with you too. If there are risks to your specific case due to medical or oral health, our resident dentist will discuss this with you and solutions to consider.
A – There are three types of lingual braces; the standard Lingual braces, STb Light Lingual, and STb Social 6 Lingual.
A – The right choice will depend on your oral health, how fast you want your teeth aligned, and the type of brace design that you prefer. Standard non-lingual braces are visible and mass produced, which makes them a cheaper option. Whereas, Lingual braces are invisible because they are fitted to the back of the teeth and are custom made. They are also especially suitable for people who would benefit more from a fixed level of control, such as sports athletes. The STb lingual system is ideal for moderate cases of overcrowding affecting anterior teeth. Our resident dentist will explain the types of braces to you and which lingual system, if relevant, will be most appropriate for you.
A – Once your teeth are examined and prepared by our resident dentist, an impression will be taken of your teeth using either dental putty or our more advanced CEREC system. The model of your teeth is used to design your custom-made lingual braces which are made to specifications in our dental laboratory. At a following appointment, cement is used to attach the brackets to the inside of the teeth supported by arch wires. Our resident dentist ensures that the fit is right and that your lingual braces feel comfortable to wear. Adjustments are also regularly made to ensure you receive the optimum care.
A – The benefits of lingual braces are that you can see results in the alignment of your teeth similar to non-lingual braces, but no one knows you are wearing braces because they are unseen. Your teeth structure transforms as your natural appearance improves.
A – Not all dentists can fit lingual braces; only certain Orthodontists provide the system so you will need to check if you dentist does provide this option. The treatment is a bit more costly than non-lingual braces and you may need additional visits to the dental hygienist for cleaning. Our resident dentist can advise you on how best to clean your lingual braces so that most the cleaning can be done by you at home.
A – There may be slight swelling initially and you may incur a lisp as your mouth adapts to the new braces over a three to four week period, but then you will feel more comfortable as your teeth and appearance improve daily. Any discomforts can be addressed by our resident dentist so that you enjoy wearing your braces through treatment.
A – Lingual braces do need to be cleaned simply by brushing your teeth regularly to remove excess food build-up on the braces. Sugary foods can cause erosion so it is important to also rinse your mouth with either warm salt water or a mouthwash, especially shortly after your braces are fitted. Adjustments are done by our resident dentist in regular six week intervals where our hygienist will also clean your braces if necessary.
A – Lingual braces are worn for approximately three years, depending on how much alignment is necessary to correct bite and overcrowding. Every six to eight weeks, our dentist will check your braces to see if they need adjustment or cleaning, and this is part of your treatment plan.
A – Our resident dentist will discuss the costs and payment options with you when your teeth are examined for lingual braces.
A – There are alternatives to the three kinds of lingual braces, such as the Inman Aligner, Invisalign, Invu braces and Damon braces. Our resident dentist can also discuss these alternatives with you and answer any questions that you have.