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Lingual braces

Lingual braces are fixed braces which fit on the inner surfaces of the teeth and are truly invisible. They work in the same way as conventional fixed braces but with one big difference – no one will know you are wearing braces. They allow us to carry out the full range of tooth movements to achieve the perfect natural smile for you.

Are lingual braces really invisible?

Many of Dr Kyi’s patients require absolute discretion so work colleagues, general public and even family members may not be aware of their braces. Lingual braces were the favoured treatment choice for the Duchess of Cambridge leading up to her wedding.

Why have your lingual brace treatment with us?

Dr. Kyi has been providing lingual braces since Incognito (lingual braces) was first introduced in the UK. She went through specific lingual orthodontic training and accreditation to be able to offer Incognito lingual braces to her patients. Lingual braces are technically demanding as they are fitted to the inner aspect of the teeth, which makes them hidden from view. Only a few London orthodontists are able to offer them to all their patients. Dr. Kyi has pioneered their use in the UK and is one of the top users of lingual braces in the UK, offering them in her Harley Street and West London offices.

Dr. Kyi’s experience and expertise allows her to offer this treatment option even in challenging cases. Dr. Kyi has treated a number of very complex cases using lingual braces including extraction cases and patients who have impacted teeth. These cases are often treated with a visible fixed brace by orthodontists who have less experience with fitting lingual braces. Dr. Kyi’s experience with both the technical intricacies and an in-depth understanding of the lingual brace system means we are able to discuss with you all the brace treatment options possible to achieve your goals.

Case Studies

I have been told that I need to have extractions – can I still wear lingual braces?

In most cases, yes you can. Lingual braces are suitable. This following case shows a patient with the removal of two upper premolar teeth who had treatment with upper and lower lingual braces.

BEFORE TREATMENT

LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (frontal view) LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (upper teeth)
LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (enlarged view) LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (lower teeth)

DURING TREATMENT

LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Female (frontal view)
LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Female (upper teeth) LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Female (lower teeth)
I have gaps between my teeth – how visible is the wire?

Often the wire itself is not any more visible than the current ‘gaps’ or spaces in the mouth. The case below shows a patient wearing an upper lingual brace to close the spaces in the upper teeth. As the images show there is very little visibility of the wires during treatment.

BEFORE TREATMENT

LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Gaps between teeth (upper teeth)
LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Gaps between teeth (frontal view)

DURING TREATMENT

LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Gaps between teeth (upper teeth)
LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Gaps between teeth (side view) LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Gaps between teeth (frontal view)
I have a very twisted or crooked tooth – can you place a lingual brace onto this tooth?

The method of brace treatment or the technique used for lingual braces are the same principles as if we were placing a brace on the outside, and so yes, we would be able to straighten the tooth in a similar way. The case below illustrates a patient with a twisted and nearly hidden front incisor tooth.

BEFORE TREATMENT

LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (crooked teeth, frontal view)
LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (crooked teeth, enlarged view) LINGUAL BRACES - BEFORE TREATMENT. Photo - Female (crooked teeth, upper teeth)

DURING TREATMENT

LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Female (crooked teeth, frontal view)
LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Female (crooked teeth, enlarged view) LINGUAL BRACES - DURING TREATMENT. Photo - Female (crooked teeth, upper teeth)
How do you fit them?

There are two appointments required.

During the first appointment a detailed impression of your teeth is taken to allow the laboratory to make your custom made braces (photo A)

LINGUAL BRACES. Custom made braces LINGUAL BRACES. Brackets are sitting in a clear tray LINGUAL BRACES. Brackets on teeth LINGUAL BRACES. Smiling patient, ‘invisible’ braces

At the second appointment, the brackets are sitting in a clear tray as shown below (photo B). Your teeth are cleaned and prepared to allow the tray to be inserted. The tray is removed once the brackets have been fitted and then the wire tied into the brackets (photo C). A smiling patient immediately after the lingual bond-up (photo D) with the ‘invisible’ braces.

  • Incognito brackets prior to bonding
  • Upper Lingual bond-up
  • Patient immediately after lingual bond-up

FAQ

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Does it hurt?
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It generally takes one-two weeks to get used to the braces. During the first few weeks you are likely to experience some mild discomfort which can be easily relieved by mild painkillers if required. Similar to conventional braces, during treatment there are types of food which you will now have to avoid to reduce the risk of the brace breaking, for e.g. crusty breads. We will thoroughly discuss with you the after-care advice and throughout your treatment our team are happy to answer any concerns at any time.

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How much does it cost?
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Your customised bespoke lingual treatment starts from £4000. The treatment fee includes all your appointments including any emergency appointments and all materials with no hidden extra costs. Our interest free credit will allow you to spread the payments over the course of your treatment. Your investment is for a lifelong smile and we guarantee our lifelong duty of care to you.

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Is it suitable for me?
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Lingual brace treatment can be carried out on the majority of cases. An orthodontic assessment is required to determine the suitability for treatment.

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How do I arrange a consultation?
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Your consultation will only be carried by an orthodontist on the specialist register. During your consultation we will discuss with you the treatment options available including the type of treatments, the duration of the treatment along with a treatment fee. Our offices are located on Hammersmith Grove and Harley Street.

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