Orthodontic Information Sheets » Lingual Brace Information
What is a lingual brace?
A lingual brace is made up of cast-gold or stainless steel brackets that are glued on to the back surfaces of your teeth. These brackets are joined together by a thin wire.
How long will it take for me to adjust to wearing a lingual brace?
You can experience some discomfort during the first week of your treatment, due to the brace rubbing against your tongue and cheeks, and your teeth might feel tender.
A painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen helps to reduce any initial tooth discomfort. Rinsing your mouth with warm salty water may also help to ease the tongue soreness. You can also use some soft wax which has been supplied, which can be used to cover any parts of the brace irritating your tongue.
Will my speech be affected?
Your speech may be affected at first and a lisp or whistling sound is common during the first few weeks. Your speech will improve quickly but you need to practice. The more you speak the quicker you will adjust, and the sooner your speech will return to normal. Most patients find that within a few weeks their speech is back to normal.
Are there any foods I should avoid whilst wearing my brace?
You should not bite into anything hard or chewy because this may break the brackets off your teeth. Avoid eating hard foods like pizza crusts, toffees and boiled sweets. Also avoid chewing on pens, pencils or fingernails during your treatment. It's a good idea to cut up hard food into small pieces before eating it and try soft foods at the start of treatment.
How do I look after my teeth whilst wearing lingual braces?
Your brace provides food and plaque with more places to hide, so you'll need to be extra careful with your oral hygiene routine. You will need to brush after every meal to remove the small pieces of food that will get trapped in your brace.
You should carry a toothbrush with you at all times, and use a fluoride mouthrinse every evening to protect your teeth from decay. You should also see a hygienist and your general dentist for regular checkups throughout your treatment.