Lingual Braces 101: Who, What, & Why?

Incognito belongs to a type of orthodontia called lingual braces. Everything you need to know–right here.

Lingual Braces: A New Solution

lingual bracesConstantly-improving orthodontic technologies continue changing the face of modern dentistry and transform the lives of our patients, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Lingual braces are a perfect example of a new orthodontic solution embraced by adults and teenagers as the best of modern dentistry.

Unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are located only on the inside of your teeth where they can’t be seen. The appliance– the brackets, wires, and elastics–are mounted on the inside of your teeth, which accounts for their nickname, “inside braces.”

Though the location of the appliance used is reversed, both lingual and traditional braces share many similarities in terms of technique and the orthodontic principles involved. That´s why they’ve had such great success. They’re loved by patients and dentists alike for their aesthetic appeal and spectacular orthodontic results!

The Story Behind it All

How did lingual braces come about, you might wonder. The idea actually started around the same time in two different countries during the 1970’s.

Dr. Craven Kurz of Beverly Hills, California, was developing a system similar to traditional orthodontic braces. The Canadian-born orthodontist became concerned about his patients who needed their teeth straightened but couldn’t risk losing their jobs as actors, television announcers, etc due to having “metal mouths.” He embarked on a project called the Kurz Lingual Appliance which came to be known as “invisible” braces.

The braces he invented ended up revolutionizing adult orthodontics as we know it. The name “lingual” comes from the position of the braces on the tongue-side (tongue is “lingua” in Latin) of the teeth. Kurz received a patent for his work, along with 24 other patents in orthodontics technologies. In 1968, he became the founding president of the American Lingual Orthodontic Association and spent the rest of his life writing and lecturing widely all around the world.

Meanwhile, around the same time in Japan, Professor Fujita was developing his own method. His motivation was to provide orthodontic care for patients needing their lips and cheeks protected when they participated in martial arts! As you can see, even on opposite sides of the world, lingual braces were “meant to be”: to be effective, to be invisible, and to protect patients who want to stay physically active while their teeth are straightened.

Advantages You Can’t Say No To

We think you’ll find that the advantages of lingual braces are pretty irresistible. As the ONLY invisible fixed orthodontics appliance system available, many adults have found that it is THE choice for them as professionals and active members of their community. There are a few types of lingual braces, of which we recommend Incognito. Incognito makes use of innovative technologies including Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping, and even Robotics.

Added up, these technologies combine to create a custom-made appliance system that is perfectly fitted to your unique mouth, guaranteeing both its safety and the reliability of its results.

Our patients love Incognito, citing these reasons for why they prefer the lingual brace approach:

  • Invisible to everyone but your orthodontist, Incognito is the most aesthetically-pleasing orthodontic option. Some patients preferred Incognito over Invisalign because they didn’t like the shiny tinge that can sometimes be seen on the teeth during Invisalign treatment, but that is truly a matter of personal preference.
  • Customized brackets mean that you won’t have to make multiple visits to your dentist to have them adjusted, saving you time and money!
  • The computer-designed and generated appliance include brackets, bonding trays, and archwires. The precision of its fit guarantees incredible outcomes every time. You´ll see a difference before you know it!
  • The “inside” placement within your mouth protects your tongue when you engage in rough physical activity or play an instrument. That’s a huge benefit for athletes and musicians seeking orthodontic treatment. Even for those of us without sports involvement, the inside placement assures us with a higher level of comfort and safety!

The “Cons” of Lingual Braces

With so many benefits, what could possibly be the cons of lingual braces?

  1. If you’re looking forward to the metallic shine of metal braces, we’re sorry to say you’ll be sadly disappointed. We’d be shocked if anyone even realized you had braces on!
  2. In the past, it has been insinuated that lingual braces didn’t deliver the same strong results as traditional braces. It has since been verified and established that the lingual technique is just as effective. And, robotic wire-bending technology has only made outcomes more predictable.
  3. One true con of lingual braces has to do with its name–it’s about that tongue of yours! Like any other appliance, it will take getting used to once it’s in your mouth. Patients may hear a lisp at first when they talk as their tongue gets accustomed to the new architecture. But never fear–this won’t last long, especially if you give yourself some extra talking training!

We recommend getting together with someone you love chatting with and just practice talking. Your tongue will start finding a new place to settle that won’t make noise while you talk. Another option is reading a book or magazine aloud (and this can be done solo!). Over time, your tongue will adapt to the new “hardware” and you won’t even notice it’s there anymore. Some people master this in a few hours; for others, it may take days or weeks. (So start practicing, ASAP!)


Don’t Miss Out!

If you’ve gotten this far and you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of lingual braces, be sure to check out our page on Incognito. If you’re also researching other alternatives to traditional adult orthodontics, we recommend you read about how Invisalign compares. Everyone has different preferences but the most important is to determine which option will work best for your needs! Get lingual braces near me at Yardley Ortho in Yardley, PA.

Schedule an appointment for an adult orthodontics consultation by calling our office at 215.968.5471 today!

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