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As an adult with upcoming orthodontic treatment, you may be hesitant about having braces placed. Traditional braces are very visible in the smile, so you may be nervous about your appearance.

Lingual Braces
Ask Dr. Rehana Khan about lingual braces. These braces are attached to the backside of the teeth instead of to the front. Because lingual brackets are located on the back of the teeth, they are not visible when you smile. As with traditional braces, wires will connect to brackets and control the movement of the teeth.

Living With Lingual Braces
Having lingual braces means that you can smile with confidence, as your orthodontic appliance is invisible to others! Your smile will be as beautiful as ever. Smile and live confidently knowing that others are seeing the best you!

When wearing lingual braces, you can continue to eat many of your favorite foods. However, there are a few things that you’ll need to be wary of. Choose softer foods that are easier to cut or chew. Try to avoid sticky, crunchy or hard foods like bubble gum or raw carrots. Our orthodontist will give you instructions about which foods to avoid.

Cleaning Lingual Braces
Caring for your teeth is a little more involved when wearing orthodontic appliances like lingual braces. Food tends to get stuck in the brackets and wires of your lingual brackets, which can cause tooth decay and other issues if it is not removed. During treatment, brush your teeth after each meal. Make sure that you brush each tooth above and below the bracket, and the brackets themselves. Also brush all other surfaces of the teeth.

Flossing is also imperative during lingual braces treatment. Consider using a floss threader to aid you in getting the floss above or beneath the wires of your braces. This will allow you to properly clean between your teeth and under the gums.

We encourage you to contact Santa Monica Orthodontics at 310-393-3344 today for more information about lingual braces and to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in Santa Monica, California.