Are you an adult with a severe dental misalignment who wants a straighter smile? But does the thought of wearing a fitted brace fill you with dread?
Luckily, you can get all of the advantages of a fitted brace without the noticeable aspects, from a lingual brace.
At Weybridge Orthodontics, we can offer one of the most popular lingual braces, Incognito Weybridge, to those who want a straighter smile without the inconveniences of a standard brace. Perfect!
Here we answer common questions about Incognito Weybridge to help you understand the brace a bit better.
Can anyone wear this brace?
Concerning Incognito Weybridge, there is a wide group that can use this brace.
Children, teenagers and adults can all wear this lingual brace as it is fitted.
While there is no real clinical difference between wearing a standard brace or a lingual one, our team will ultimately decide if you would benefit more from one type than the other.
Do the braces look different from regular braces?
Yes, they do and no they don’t.
A lingual brace is made from the same base materials as a standard brace; there are metal wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth. But the brackets are made from gold and thus look a bit classier.
However, when they are on your teeth, they look vastly different from traditional braces as they are fitted on the inside of the teeth and so no one will be able to see that you are wearing them.
Will it alter my speech?
As this brace is placed on the inside of your teeth it is likely that, in the first week of use, your speech will alter slightly as your tongue adjusts to it being where it is.
If you are looking for some pointers on how to ensure that your speech is minimally affected by the use of this brace, talk to our team for tips. We may recommend singing!
How long will it take?
On average, the wearing of this brace can take between 12-18 months to correct misalignments. During this time, you will probably need to see our team every 6-8 weeks for adjustments and tightening.
However, if you have a more minor issue, such as minimal crowding, you may only need to wear it for between 3-6 months and then we may be able to switch your treatment to an invisible aligner.
Will it be uncomfortable?
In this day and age where there are invisible aligners and dental implants, you would assume that dental braces were completely comfortable too.
However, as these braces are fitted, they will require adjustments and tightening. And while they are self-ligating (thus reducing pressure in the jaw) we would be telling fibs if we said that you won’t feel any kind of pressure while wearing them.
They are designed to move your teeth and, as they are aimed at correcting more severe misalignments, they are likely to need more adjustments than a clear brace. To mitigate any discomfort, you will need to take over-the-counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If you find you are in intense discomfort while wearing this brace, contact our team.