19 August 2021
Out of the many types of braces available today, lingual braces are the only ones that do not cover the front of your teeth, thus providing the most natural appearance even among other ‘invisible’ braces like Invisalign or ceramic braces. Lingual braces are fixed on the inside of the teeth, nearer to the tongue – otherwise known as the lingual – so that they are hidden from sight. Similar to traditional braces, lingual braces shift the teeth into position through the application of gentle pressure over a period of time. As they provide an effective treatment whilst remaining ‘invisible’, they are a favoured option especially for university students and working adults.
In this blog, we give you an introduction to lingual braces: how they work, the treatment process, who can wear them, how much they cost, and any discomfort that they may cause – to help you make an informed decision!
Lingual braces are fitted onto the teeth just like traditional metal braces: with square metal brackets. Certain orthodontic clinics in Singapore use precision CAD-CAM (computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing) technology to create metal brackets that fit perfectly to the contours of each tooth. Orthodontic braces designed using this special technology are called Incognito Lingual Braces. They are fully customised, slimmer and less protruding, thus more comfortable for the wearer.
The orthodontist will first take a digital 3-D scan of the patient’s teeth. The digital impression will be then used to design precisely customised braces, which will be ready in about six weeks. Once the braces are ready, an appointment will be scheduled for the orthodontist to attach the braces onto the patient’s teeth. After that, the entire braces treatment takes about 18 – 36 months, depending on the severity of misalignment.
Incognito Lingual Braces are a great treatment option for people who want to adjust their teeth while maintaining a natural appearance, such as young adults, working professionals, and even people in the spotlight.
Unfortunately, these braces are not suitable for everyone. Children, for instance, should not wear lingual braces as their small teeth are unable to accommodate the bigger brackets. People with severe teeth problems are not advised to wear lingual braces, which can’t bear as much pressure as traditional metal braces. However, depending on the orthodontist’s recommendations, stronger and more durable Incognito Lingual Braces may be an option.
Incognito Lingual Braces are able to treat multiple bite problems and even jaw surgery cases, so let your orthodontist assess whether or not they are a possible treatment for you. If lingual braces are not an ideal treatment, there are also other ‘invisible’ options that you can consider, like Invisalign clear aligners or Damon ceramic braces.
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As Incognito Lingual Braces are customised for each individual, up to the contours in the teeth, they are costlier compared to other braces. The braces also have to be attached using delicate care and precision, which contributes to the higher cost.
For any orthodontic braces, it is normal for you to experience some pain or discomfort during your treatment. As lingual braces are fitted on the inside of the teeth, they usually rub against the tongue, causing irritation and ulcers. While ordinary lingual braces can cause more irritation than other types of braces, Incognito Lingual Braces are significantly more comfortable due to their slim and fitting design. Either way, you can place soft dental wax over the metal brackets to smoothen out the sharp edges and prevent friction.
Altogether, if au naturale is the look for you, Incognito Lingual Braces are a great way to go. My Braces Clinic is an orthodontic clinic in Singapore that specialises in Incognito Lingual Braces treatment. Arrange a first consultation with us to find out your treatment options, and our orthodontist will lay out the best solutions for you. Get in touch with us to start your braces journey today!
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