Many of our adult patients want a discreet orthodontic treatment option so they can improve their smiles without relying on traditional metal braces. If this describes you, you’re probably already familiar with Invisalign and clear braces, but have you heard of lingual braces? They’re an excellent option for many of our patients, particularly those who are not candidates for Invisalign and who want a solution that is even less noticeable than clear braces. Below, we answer some of the most common questions patients have about lingual braces.
What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces are braces that are applied to the backs of your teeth, rather than the fronts. This means that no one will be able to see your braces when you smile.
What do lingual braces cost in CT?
The cost of lingual braces ranges between $5,000 and $13,000, depending on the orthodontic practice you go to and the extent of work needed. Lingual braces are custom-made for your mouth, which means they cost more than traditional metal braces.
Do lingual braces take longer?
The time needed for lingual braces is usually comparable to that of traditional metal braces, but it can be longer in some cases. During your consultation, we can provide you with an estimate of what you can expect.
Are lingual braces better than Invisalign?
While people often want to know which orthodontic treatment option is the best, the truth is that what’s best for one patient might not be best for another. For some patients, Invisalign and lingual braces are both excellent options. In more complex cases, Invisalign might not address a patient’s needs and lingual braces would offer a better solution.
Do lingual braces give you a lisp?
Lingual braces can affect your speech, including giving you a lisp, but this is temporary. Once you get used to the feel of the braces on your teeth, you’ll adapt and have an easier time speaking clearly with them.
What can you not eat with lingual braces?
The same food restrictions for regular metal braces apply with lingual braces—avoid very chewy foods, sticky foods, hard foods, and anything firm that requires biting into, like corn-on-the-cob and apples.
Who is a candidate for lingual braces?
Lingual braces are an option for most teens and adults. Like traditional braces, lingual braces can correct a wide range of bite issues, crowding, gaps, and misaligned teeth.
Do lingual braces straighten your teeth permanently?
Yes, just like Invisalign, clear braces, and conventional metal braces, lingual braces will straighten your teeth permanently—or, at least as long as you maintain your results. Once your braces are removed, we will provide you with retainers for your upper and lower arches to keep your teeth in their new positions. Wear your retainers as directed and you’ll have a beautiful smile for a lifetime.