braces has become an extension of oneself in people who have to use them.
Though braces serve vital concerns, they often have not been a comfortable
reconciliation for the user. Dr. R.V. Murali, M.D.S., leading Lingual
Orthodontist and Implantologist of Regenix Dental Hospitals, restores peace of
mind to those looking to do away with visible braces and start afresh
confidently beaming with hidden braces or lingual orthodontic braces.
How are lingual orthodontic braces different from older braces?
'Ortho' means 'to correct', 'dontics' implies to do with 'teeth', hence
'orthodontic' means 'correcting the teeth'. 'Lingual' marks the tongue side.
Usually the braces have been fit on the outside what is called the `labial
side` or the lips' side. Lingual orthodontic braces are worn on the inside or
the tongue side of the mouth invisible to onlookers. A mould is made to get an
impression of inside of the mouth because the braces have to be stuck on the
back of teeth, a part difficult to see. The braces are then transferred to the
teeth to their precise positioning where they are stuck with special glue and
the mould is removed.
Q. Why should one opt
for lingual braces?
It is purely for social reasons. Similar to wearing contact lenses that masks
visual impairment, people can go for lingual braces. Those in their formative
years or professionals requiring socialising find lingual braces serving an
aesthetic purpose. It also helps people who did not have access to orthodontics
and could not have their teeth corrected while growing up. Now that they are
financially confident but do not wish to reveal wearing braces choose lingual
Is it possible to correct teeth in an adult patient?
It is a myth that teeth cannot be corrected in an adult. The shape and size of
a tooth is fairly constant after it erupts in the oral cavity. As long as the
bone supporting the tooth and the periodontal ligament is healthy, teeth can be
moved at any age.
Q. Does the procedure require extracting teeth?
A. Extraction is not required in all cases. However the
orthodontist decides about the space requirement.
Do the braces affect speech?
Initially yes, it's like talking with peppermint in the mouth. However, it is
only transient and then the tongue gets adapted to it in a week's time.
What age is ideal and who is advised against these braces?
People of all ages can choose orthodontic braces. The youngest can be about 12
to 13 years up to someone in his or her sixties with healthy teeth or healthy
bone. It is not recommended for people with TM joint problems and those with
severe, uncontrolled gum disease or advanced periodontitis.
Q. How does a person clean the braces? Can the person do
it himself or would he need assistance?
The interdental brushes, smaller in size, are used for cleaning braces. The
doctor will demonstrate how to clean and provide a manual to show how to brush.
Apart from that, once in every two months, the orthodontist will clean the
Lingual braces are recommended because many have
irregular teeth. If a tooth is growing out of alignment, it does not get
cleaned with regular brushing, leading to calculus, gum infection, foul smell,
bleeding and shaky tooth resulting in loss of tooth. Hence, more importantly
than cosmetic purpose, it is a periodontal health concern where cleaning
benefits all teeth only if one has regular teeth. In the opinion of Dr. R.V.
Murali, orthodontic treatment is a must for dental health in the long run.
Lingual Orthodontics placement is a painless and safe procedure with hardly any
side effects. The procedure takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes for each
arch and the entire treatment time is only for 1 ― years to 2 years.
Understandably, the cost of the procedure is definitely more expensive than
that for labial braces.