Any type of braces can impinge on speech for a little while, although patient experiences suggest no significant problem with lingual braces.
You may notice on the video that most patients are older than the orthodontic norm, a data average tells us they are in fact 14 years older.
This does not mean that lingual systems aren’t suitable for younger teeth. The difference arises from aesthetic needs, which can be more than cosmetic later in life.
Attending business meetings, presenting, teaching, or video conferencing are issues adults often mention. There are more, where being seen in braces simply doesn’t suit.
The adult appeal of lingual is being reported by orthodontists, who are now seeing parents and children having treatment together. The braces are fine for both, parents view lingual as the viable option.
As awareness increases, this trend is likely to. In a 2010 survey, 72% of people were unaware of invisible lingual braces, by 2018, this was down to 43%.
With research from Ipsos MORI stating that close to 20% per cent of the UK population believe their teeth would benefit from straightening, that increase in lingual awareness represents a substantial number.
A wide review of studies can be seen at the European Journal of Orthodontics. This is generally positive, noting encouraging results on the clinical outcome of lingual orthodontic treatment.
They also mention relevance to individual treatment goals. Other studies extend that conclusion, pointing out that customisation to meet patient requirements is key to successful treatment in lingual orthodontics.
Better dental health outcomes are also mentioned. Less white spot lesions from lingual, rather than standard appliances, reduced decalcification, less potential tooth damage from using the rear surface.
We should note that several leading papers suggest further clinical trials, with larger samples. For a fairly new system, more studies are required, although the view to date is affirmative.
Seeing change through in any profession can see concerns raised. The vast majority of professional orthodontists are however very positive about the lingual system.
This approval can come with caveats. For the approach to work well, individual customisation is essential and lingual braces which are manufactured using the latest CAD/CAM technology are a good solution.
Our Harley Street practice isn’t tied to a system, we use the best for the patient, although Incognito Lingual fit the points above and are often a sound choice.
We agree with the factual basis, lingual braces require skilled assessment, fitting and production. They are also a fine way to encourage adults to wear braces, without their lives being hindered.