Just like conventional braces, internal (“lingual”) braces use a series of buttons (“brackets”) placed on the teeth and wires (“archwires”) connected to them – as well as elastics, small rubber chains, and other important tools for treatment.
While metal and clear conventional braces sit on the front surface of each tooth (facing the lips and cheeks) brackets of internal braces are fixed to the inside surface of each tooth (facing the tongue and palate), with the archwire threaded into each bracket.
Internal braces, just like conventional ones, put gentle tension on the teeth to guide them into their correct alignment.
However, while the front surface of each tooth is somewhat flat, the back of each tooth is often a different shape from every other tooth in the mouth. As such, internal braces need to be custom made, whereas conventional braces are “ready-to-wear”.
To have your internal braces designed and fitted, a digital scan of your teeth is taken and sent to the laboratory who design, produce and deliver them to Dr Austin, ready to be fitted.
Almost completely hidden from view, internal braces are one of the most discrete methods of orthodontic treatment, making them a very appealing option. However, these braces can take a little time to get used to. Since they sit inside the mouth, they may cause minor discomfort and speech difficulties while you adjust to having something new against your tongue.
To find out more about internal braces, and your treatment options, contact us today to organise a consultation with Specialist Orthodontist, Dr David Austin.