How do Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

When we talk about braces, the first thing that comes to mind is the shiny metallic brackets which are attached at the front of our teeth, and how they become visible while speaking or smiling. On the other hand, braces are one of the most efficient methods of straightening crooked or misaligned teeth. So, what if we could utilize the effectiveness of teeth braces while avoiding their anesthetic appearance? Yes, that’s possible, thanks to braces behind the teeth, or lingual braces.

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WIN – Lingual Braces (other systems are available)

What are Braces Behind the Teeth?

Unlike the conventional braces, lingual braces are attached at the back of our teeth. In this way, they are completely invisible, and they do not affect your smile and facial esthetics. They are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth in a similar way which is used for conventional braces.



What are the Steps in Getting Braces Behind the Teeth?

The process for getting braces behind the teeth is similar to the conventional metal braces.

  • Examination and Treatment Planning – First, your dentist will perform a detailed clinical examination of your teeth to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate. Next, after thoroughly evaluating the study models and radiographic images of your teeth and surrounding structures, a detailed treatment plan will be prepared which will be customized according to your dental needs.
  • Attaching the Brackets – In the next appointment, your dentist will attach braces at the back of your teeth and pass the archwire. You may feel slight discomfort or chaffing of the tongue in the early days. However, you will get used to it very soon.

How Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

Lingual braces work in a similar way to the braces which are attached at the front of teeth. Each bracket consists of small slots through which the archwire passes.

  • The Arch Wires – The archwire is attached to the teeth by using rubber elastics, or ties. The relative tightness/springiness of the archwire generates a force which moves the teeth into the desired direction.
  • Adjustments – After every 6-8 weeks, your orthodontist will adjust or replace the archwire so that the teeth continue to move towards ideal alignment.
  • Consolidation – Once the treatment has been completed, your orthodontist will give you a fixed or removable retainer which will make sure that your teeth do not move back into their previous position.

Braces behind the teeth offer several benefits over the conventional brackets, like superior aesthetics and in some cases, a shorter treatment time. On the other, they are not suitable for treating all types of orthodontic problems. In addition, some patients complain of difficulty in eating and speech. The lingual braces are also slightly more expensive than the conventional ones. However, if we compare them with the Invisalign aligners, they are certainly one step ahead in terms of efficiency and speed of treatment. So, if you’re looking for combining the superior efficiency of conventional braces with the virtual invisibility of Invisalign aligners, braces behind the teeth should be your first option!