Not everyone who needs corrective treatment for their teeth can confidently handle traditional metal braces and not feel self-conscious. Metal braces can feel jarringly awkward and put you off your stride. Even the almost transparent and invisible ceramic braces can feel conspicuous to the most confident individuals.
Introducing: lingual braces. Otherwise known as invisible braces, lingual braces are braces that are attached to the back of your teeth, facing towards your tongue. Invented 40 years ago, these braces are considered as the most radical of “traditional” fixed orthodontic treatment methods. Not only are they able to put your teeth back to the right position, but nobody would have known! Such inconspicuous orthodontic appliances are great for those who don’t wish to make their braces known, avoiding a potential dent in one’s self confidence.
Much like metal and ceramic braces, lingual braces work by using a system of brackets and archwires to move your teeth into the desired positions. Instead of being attached to the front of your teeth, metal brackets are attached to the back of your teeth. Similarly, the archwires connecting each bracket are also hidden from sight, designed to sit as closely to your teeth as possible. This allows you to sidestep a hit to your self confidence when wearing braces, since they are completely hidden from view. This design is primarily aesthetically motivated as they are, for all intents and purposes, invisible.
To get ready to fit a pair of lingual braces in Singapore, the first thing you will have to do is to visit an orthodontist to make impressions of your teeth – this is done either via rubber impressions or digital scans. With the impressions on hand, the orthodontist will then plan a treatment best suited to solve your dental issues. You will then have your lingual braces custom made, and fixed onto your teeth. Similar to other conventional braces, you will only remove them once your teeth have been moved to their positions. Apart from peculiar orthodontic issues, lingual braces can also be used to help with a large range of teeth irregularities.
Interested and want to know how much lingual braces cost in Singapore? Like any set of braces, the price of lingual braces varies with each individual. Lingual braces generally cost higher than metal and ceramic braces. The delicate process of custom making unique brackets for every individual wearer means a higher cost of invisible braces in Singapore than mass produced braces.
Apart from their higher prices, lingual braces come with certain limitations. Placing them behind your teeth makes them invisible but also awkward for your dentist and yourself to reach. They can initially cause you to slur when speaking as you adjust to them. Keeping them clean or having them adjusted will be tricky. However, our resident orthodontist Dr Lee will supply you with the necessary tools and special toothbrushes to keep them spick and span.
Call us at 6734 0007 to arrange for an appointment today! Our expert team will examine your current condition and let you know the estimated cost of getting a set of lingual braces.
Like any other braces in Singapore, lingual braces may cause some slight discomfort. However, most of it should be temporary and should not be any more painful than if you chose another type of braces.
If the initial discomfort or pain goes beyond the first week, it’s advisable to contact us. This is so we can review the possible causes in your case and make sure the braces will not cause any problems.
The length of the treatment depends on your individual needs and/or the initial condition of your teeth. In most cases, the treatment takes around 12 to 18 months to complete, but it can take as short as six months if all you need is to straighten the mild crowding of your front teeth.
If you want an accurate estimate of the cost and length of your treatment, feel free to consult us.
Lingual braces are a great option because they are usually customised to fit your teeth perfectly. Moreover, since it is made of metal, it can help with correcting dental issues just as well as its traditional counterpart. Because they are usually installed at the back of your teeth, you do not need to feel self-conscious wearing them.
Hence, if you are looking for a hybrid between the invisibility of Invisalign and the sturdiness of traditional metal braces, then lingual braces are the best option.
Although both lingual braces and Invisalign are the less visible types of orthodontic treatment, that’s where the similarities end. One of the differences is that lingual braces are attached behind your teeth for the duration of treatment; they are not removable, unlike Invisalign.
Another difference is that Invisalign aligners are more comfortable because, unlike lingual braces, there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate the interior of your mouth. However, Invisalign generally takes longer to straighten more complicated teeth problems than lingual braces.
Unfortunately, these types of braces are not suitable for everyone. For example, they are not compatible with children because their small teeth cannot accommodate the larger brackets.
Also, people with severe teeth problems such as an overbite may have some problems such as brackets may be popping off more often. Moreover, lingual braces are not as durable as metal braces and cost more than conventional braces.
If you wish to find out whether you are suited for lingual braces, please consult our orthodontist at BigSmile Dental Clinic in Singapore.