Orthodontic in Kingston Upon Thames answers the frequently asked question about Lingual braces?



What is the age limit to have lingual braces?Adults can have lingual braces at any ages. The beauty of lingual braces if that you can carry on with social and professional life without being conscious of the braces if they are an issue for you. lingual braces are extremely effective to provide the cosmetic look you are after or addressing the orthodontic problem of poor bite or teeth crowding.

Can children have lingual braces?There is no age limit for lingual braces. However we recommend the children to reach adolescence before considering it. To be qualified for lingual braces as it’s a matter of tooth length rather then age. There is a minimum length of tooth required for attaching the brackets at the back of the teeth. The minimum length is not available in children, start to appear at adolescence and no problem once they are adults.

How long does it take?The length of the treatment with lingual braces varies among patients based on personalized treatment plan. The length of the treatment can be from 9-24 month.This length of time is as much as the conventional braces would take.

Will I have difficulty eating and speaking?here are certain foods you need to avoid. For instance, taffies, chewing gums, popcorn, nuts,  crusty bread, boiled sweets, popcorn, or anything your need to bite on hard.You might experience slight change in your speech for a short while. As soon as you have adapted to your braces the feeling disappear. The new brackets in WIN LINGUAL are much smaller and greatly reduced the problem.

Is 6 Month Smile an alternative to lingual bracesThe 6 month smile is designed for patients who have mild misalignment on the front teeth. To achieve a long term results we recommend patients to choose an orthodontic option that correct and align all the teeth at the same time, rather than focusing on a few teeth which can cause other problem later on. The consultations are free for orthodontic treatment, come and discuss your options with us.

Is Inman aligner is an alternative to lingual braces? Inman aligner is a fast treatment for misalignment on the front. If you are experiencing a major misalignment and need to correct poor bites, Inman aligner is not an option. The consultations are free for orthodontic treatment, come and discuss your options with us.

What is the procedure of the treatment with lingual braces?Once you decided to have lingual braces we arrange an appointment for record keeping which involves taking impression of your teeth, pictures and x-rays.

The impression taken will be sent to Germany to have customized brackets made for you.  In the following appointment the brackets are glued to the back of the teeth and the arch wires that provide the tension will be fixed to the brackets.

What happened once the braces are fitted?You would need to have appointments every 6-8 weeks to adjust the wires for the ultimate and effective results.

How do I take care of my teeth and braces?It is very important that you spend more time then normal to do through clearing. We highly recommend seeing hygienist regularly during the treatment as you will find it difficult to reach all the area.

If you have any further question do not hesitate to contact us and book yourself a FREE consultation with Dr Swanepoel.





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