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Why Choose Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces in that they use brackets and wires. However, lingual braces are considered “invisible” because they’re actually attached to the back of your teeth, rather than the front! This makes them ideal for adults who are concerned about the appearance of braces. As with traditional metal braces, patients who opt for lingual braces will need to avoid hard, sticky foods.

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How Do Lingual Braces Work?

Lingual braces are made using the same materials as traditional braces. The biggest difference is where they are placed! Lingual braces offer all the same benefits and drawbacks as traditional braces. They’re suitable for complex cases, but it’s important to avoid foods that can damage the brackets or wires. If you’re looking for a discreet or “invisible” orthodontic treatment, but you’re not interested in Invisalign or clear aligners, then lingual braces might be a good fit for you.

Questions about Lingual Braces?

Are lingual braces the same as metal braces?

Lingual braces use the same methods and equipment as metal braces. The biggest difference is that they are placed on the back of your teeth rather than on the front.

Will lingual braces make it difficult to talk without a lisp?

The placement of lingual braces can cause some difficulty in speaking. Since your tongue and the back of your teeth work together when speaking, you might find yourself speaking with a minor lisp until you adjust to your new braces.

How do I know if lingual braces are right for me?

While many patients are a good candidate for lingual braces, there are no one-size-fits-all orthodontic options. Dr. Jodi will walk you through which options will work best for your individual needs.

Do lingual braces hurt more than metal braces?

You will experience some discomfort with all orthodontic treatment, but lingual braces are no different than metal braces as far as discomfort goes.