The latest generation of lingual or internal braces are extremely small and comfortable, with greatly shortened treatment time. Lingual braces are the only non-visible form of fixed orthodontic therapy available today and are utilised when the problems are more than just alignment of teeth, such as an ill-fitting bite. Many years of specialist training, special instrumentation, equipment and staff training are required to master this amazing technique. The latest generation of lingual or internal braces are extremely small and comfortable and treatment times have been greatly reduced. Dr Kamini Titus uses 3M Incognito lingual braces.
Initial discomfort is similar to that of outside braces. The difference is that the lingual braces will affect the tongue and conventional braces will affect the cheeks and lips. Patients take approximately 1-2 weeks to achieve a good comfort level. The new generation of lingual brackets are small and streamline and extremely comfortable.
No, treatment time is comparable to that of outside braces and sometimes even shorter. Some cases respond more efficiently to lingual braces due to certain mechanical advantages of the appliance.
Most patients are good candidates for lingual braces. There are a few exceptions. Dr Titus will carefully assess the type of braces most beneficial for your treatment.
Yes, initially all orthodontic appliances (internal or external) have some effect on the patient’s speech. The amount will vary depending on the patient’s dental arch form and tongue position. In most patients, this will be temporary and of short duration.
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