Lingual Braces in Hemel Hempstead
Offering patients choice about the right dental treatments for them is really important to us. At Landmark Dental, we offer an extensive range of teeth straightening treatments so you can access exactly the treatment that suits you.
Lingual braces are an increasingly popular choice for both our adult and younger patients when it comes to straightening their smile. As they are attached to the back of the teeth, many people feel that this offers them a more aesthetically pleasing treatment option, while still aligning their teeth to create the smile they have always wanted.
As with all brace systems which are fixed to teeth, lingual braces allow for greater three-dimensional control than removable treatments and can treat a wider range of problems.
If you are considering straightening your teeth, your first step is get in touch to book a consultation with our experienced specialist orthodontist Rohini. She will then fully assess your teeth, mouth and gums, as well as taking the time to listen to your hopes and wishes, and answer any questions you may have. We can then discuss and recommend the most suitable treatment options for you, working with you to create your individual treatment plan.
If you decide to go ahead with lingual braces, your dentist will need to take an impression of the back of your teeth, so your individual braces can be made to exactly fit your teeth. A short while later, you will be invited back to the practice, where your custom-made metal brackets will be firmly cemented to the back of the teeth, joined by a thin wire which is attached to the brackets.
It may feel a little strange at first to have the lingual brace attached to the teeth where your tongue usually rests, but patients usually find they get used to it in a few days. As with any fixed braces, it is essential that your teeth and mouth stays clean, to prevent staining and decay, so we recommend you attend regular dental hygiene appointments.
A small risk of orthodontic treatment is decalcification. This is an attack on tooth enamel which causes white marks that are usually the result of poor diet and poor oral hygiene. One benefit of lingual braces is that they are less likely to mark teeth than standard braces. This is supported by research which shows that the damage which can occur is likely to be less severe, and less frequent, on lingual surfaces.
You dentist will discuss with you how long it will take to get the results you are looking for, and you will need to return to see your dentist on a regular basis so they can check on your progress and adjust the brace as necessary. Once treatment is complete, the lingual brace is removed and you can enjoy a beautiful, straight new smile.