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New Year, New Smile with Lingual Braces

Lingual braces can correct bite problems and straighten teeth, just like other metal braces. However, they offer an alternative to the metal-mouth look of traditional braces that many adults and older children prefer.

Let’s go over what lingual braces are and some of their benefits.

What Are Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are a special orthodontic treatment that involves placing metal brackets and wires onto the backside of your teeth. The brackets and wires apply pressure to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position.

For example, 3M™ Incognito™ Hidden Braces are lingual braces that use an advanced appliance system for a personalized treatment plan. This treatment is customized to fit the individual’s specific needs and desired tooth movement, making it both comfortable and efficient. And since 3M™ Incognito™ Hidden Braces are highly polished and personalized, they reduce the risk of speech issues. This results in a natural look and feel, helping patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious.

Benefits of Lingual Braces

The primary benefit of lingual braces is their aesthetic. While some people worry about the visibility of traditional braces, lingual braces are much less visible due to their placement.

For many adults who need additional orthodontic treatment later in life, having a discreet treatment is extremely important. You can receive the necessary orthodontic treatment with lingual braces without sacrificing your appearance.

Additionally, lingual braces are often more comfortable since there is no pressure on your lips and cheeks. This is especially beneficial for people with sensitive gums.

Finally, with lingual braces, you can avoid white spots and discoloration. During orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, you may develop white spots on the fronts of your teeth. With lingual braces, the risk of white spots is non-existent since they’re on the backside of your teeth.

Are Lingual Braces Right for Me?

Lingual braces can be a great choice for those needing additional orthodontic treatment later in life. In addition, those with more severe orthodontic problems may benefit from the more precise control that lingual braces provide. This can include bite problems like an overbite or underbite, as well as severe crowding or spacing.

However, it is important to note that lingual braces may not suit everyone. Therefore, discuss all options with your dentist before determining if this treatment option suits you best.


Lingual braces offer several unique benefits, such as discretion and comfort. This makes them a great choice for those wanting to straighten their smile without compromising their appearance. In addition, they’re a more durable type of orthodontic treatment.

Discuss all potential treatment options with your orthodontist to determine if lingual braces are right for you. With their help, you can find a treatment option to ring in the new year with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Schedule a consultation if you’re interested in 3M™ Incognito™ Hidden Braces or want to learn about other orthodontic treatment options. Dr. Yazji is experienced in lingual braces and can work with you to create a customized orthodontic treatment plan.

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