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What are Lingual Braces?

by Dermot Kavanagh Orthodontics : Saturday 26 April 2014

What are Lingual Braces?

We see many adult patients who want to have their teeth straightened but are concerned about how obvious the braces might look. As each new type of brace is developed, more and more adults are biting the bullet and deciding to get the smile they’ve always wanted.

Dermot is constantly keeping on top of new orthodontic technologies as they are launched and therefore, we are able to offer a range of options to suit patients, whatever their needs.

For this post, I am going to focus on our Incognito lingual braces.

Lingual braces are the truly ‘invisible’ way to have your teeth straightened. ‘Lingual’ refers to the tongue. These braces are called ‘lingual’ braces as they are bonded to the inside surface of the teeth – the surface which faces your tongue. As they are fitted behind your teeth, they are completely invisible to others, barring any outrageous laughing or screaming!


Advantages of Lingual Braces

So the outstanding advantage of lingual braces is that they are completely invisible. For anyone who wants to have their teeth straightened but due to work commitments or personal preference, must have invisible braces, lingual braces are a great option.

The other advantage of lingual braces is that they give your orthodontist great control when straightening your teeth, meaning that you will see great results at the end.

Unlike other lingual braces, Incognito lingual braces are custom made and precisely designed to fit your mouth. This means that they are the smoothest, most comfortable lingual braces available.

 Incognito Lingual braces behind the teeth

Disadvantages of Lingual Braces

Lingual braces do come with some disadvantages. As you can imagine, being bonded to the inside surface, or lingual surface of your teeth, means that you will most likely suffer with some discomfort in the beginning as your tongue gets used to the braces. This interference with your tongue can also result in some difficulties with speech. 

When your braces are bonded behind the teeth, they are that little bit more difficult to access to clean. However, regardless of what kind of braces you have, Dermot will keep a close eye on how you are doing and show you any areas which you might be missing. After a bit of practice, patients usually don’t have any trouble keeping their lingual braces perfectly clean.


If you have any queries about lingual braces, we would be delighted to chat with you. You can contact us on 012899002 or see our page on lingual braces for more.


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