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Lingual braces

Lingual braces are fastened to the insides of your teeth and are hidden from view.

Lingual Braces Side Effects

Lingual braces can interfere with biting, chewing, and speaking at first. As the teeth shift over time, this should gradually improve. The presence of metal on the backs of teeth can also irritate the tongue and cause a temporary lisp or speech impediment.

Who shouldn't use it: Lingual braces cannot be attached to undersized teeth, since there may be too little space available for metal brackets. Lingual braces cannot correct a deep vertical overbite, where the top jaw juts out excessively over the bottom jaw.

Drawbacks: Lingual braces take time to get used to - even more so than standard braces. Lingual braces can also be pricey when compared to other orthodontics for straightening teeth. They can make the tongue sore and temporarily affect speech.

Recovery Time For Lingual Braces

There is no downtime. Over-the-counter painkillers can help to ease any adjustment aches.

After care for lingual braces: Be sure to brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash at least twice a day to keep food and bacteria from getting stuck in the brackets. Avoid sticky foods that could become trapped between the wires. When the braces are removed, a retainer can be worn to ensure teeth remain in place.

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