What Are Invisible Braces?

Lingual (Invisible) Braces

Lingual (Invisible) Braces are fixed braces bonded on the inside surfaces of the teeth and therefore are not visible to other people when you speak and smile.

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History of Ligual (Invisible) Braces

The Lingual (Invisible) Braces were developed in the early 1980s as an alternative for adults who, for career or social reasons, wanted their teeth straightened without being seen with braces. There was an initial euphoria with this new technique and hence a surge in the number of adult patients requesting for lingual (invisible) braces.

Over the past ten years, the problems associated with the lingual invisible braces technique have been sorted out by the orthodontists who persisted with and refined this technique.

However, this new technique is totally different from the traditional braces (placed on the front surfaces of teeth) and most orthodontists experienced difficulties in achieving the same desired outcome. This led to a decline in the demand for lingual invisible braces in the late 1980s and early 1990s with many orthodontists discouraging patients from choosing the lingual invisible braces. In fact, there are orthodontists who are still reluctant to offer lingual invisible braces.

Over the past ten years, the problems associated with the lingual invisible braces technique have been sorted out by the orthodontists who persisted with and refined this technique. Therefore, with the recent advances in the lingual techniques, better affordability and the fact that they are totally invisible, lingual invisible braces are now becoming very popular with adult patients.

Recent improvements and innovations have resulted in the use of more efficient and aesthetic orthodontic appliances. Sophisticated tooth-moving wires such as space-age titanium wires are now being used for better comfort and reduced treatment time. Tooth-coloured ceramic braces and lingual (invisible) braces are now available as the aesthetic option to the traditional metal braces.

Procedure of Lingual Invisible Braces

The procedure of installing the lingual invisible braces is painless and does not require any surgical operation. It takes 2 visits (about 3 to 5 days apart) to have the lingual invisible braces bonded. Please contact us for more information about how to get started.

During the first visit, an impression of your teeth will be taken to create a model of your teeth. A customised set-up of the lingual (invisible) braces on your model teeth is then made in the laboratory and this is then incorporated to a transfer tray. During the second visit, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and then the transfer tray will be used to localize and bond the braces onto your teeth.

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