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Pros and Cons of Lingual Braces

5th November 2018

Lingual braces are traditional fixed braces that are fitted behind your teeth. While we consider them to be a  relatively new innovation, they were actually invented in the 1970s by two orthodontists simultaneously; one was based in Japan and the other in the United States.

Their early design was quite bulky and initially not even that great at straightening teeth! Over the years the technology has developed dramatically and they’re not only the most discreet, beating Invisalign with ease  –  they provide excellent results too.


The advantages of lingual braces

  • They are the next best thing to invisible! Because they’re attached to the back of your teeth. No metal wires or brackets on view – and some of our patients go through their entire treatment without friends and colleagues noticing their braces.
  • Because lingual braces are fixed to your teeth, they remain in place throughout your treatment. This means they’re always straightening your teeth, and you don’t need to worry about wearing them for so many hours each day. It also makes them impossible to lose. When some patients are truly honest with themselves – taking aligners in and out to eat really isn’t for them.
  • The latest innovations, like Incognito and Suresmile, feature custom-made brackets or wires that perfectly fit your teeth. This provides excellent control and allows us to achieve precise, tailored movements.
  • They can treat mild to complex orthodontic complaints. They’re perfect for severely crowded teeth, spacing and teeth that don’t bite together properly. And, for simpler problems, more mild complaints too. We even offer a shorter course of lingual braces that are specially designed to straighten just the front teeth!
Incognito braces

Incognito braces

  • Ocassionally, patients who aren’t 100% dilligent with their oral hygiene and that eat and drink lots of high acid & sugary food – can be left with permenant white or brown spots or squares where the brackets were protecting the teeth. If either was to happen while wearing lingual braces, any stains would be conveniently hidden behind your teeth!

The disadvantages of lingual braces

  • Lingual braces are the most expensive brace we offer. This is because the cost of the brace itself is higher, particularly if the brackets are custom-made, or gold, as is the case with Incognito braces. Lingual orthodontics also requires clinicians to undergo dedicated training to learn the technique and as they aren’t quite as accessible as traditional braces, adjustment appointments require more time.
  •  With a lingual brace you need to make a few adjustments to the way you eat and to avoid anything hard, chewy, crusty – essentially anything that could dislodge one of your brackets.If a bracket does come off, and it’s been custom-made, we’ll need to organise a replacement, which could extend the length of your treatment.


  • You’ll have to pay more attention to brushing  and cleaning between your teeth, to save yourself wrestling lodged bits of food out of your brace with your tongue.


  • The inside of your mouth isn’t the most spacious of places, so the addition of a brace can take some getting used to.You might find that for the first week you experience some initial soreness and parts of your brace may irritate your tongue.It should get better every day, and we can also give you some special wax, which you can pop over any parts of your brace that are rubbing.


  • You may develop a lisp after the brace is fitted. Again, this shouldn’t last longer than a few days and we can give you some tips to help you adjust. The more you talk, the quicker the problem should resolve itself. If you have a job that requires you to talk a lot – we normally advise having your braces fitted on a day that you can follow with a few days off (like a weekend or annual leave) to give yourself some time to get used to speaking.

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