Registered specialist orthodontist, Dr Martin Poon, sheds some light on the differences between internal lingual braces and external braces.
Internal braces, as the name suggests, are braces that go on the inside.
Traditional braces as most people know are the ones that go on the outside and you can clearly see them. Because we see a lot of adults at Smile Solutions, not a lot of them would prefer this option where it’s visible, so we do have braces that go on the inside.
Internal braces have the same effect as external braces, but you do need some experience and additional training to be able to get the same results. It does feel quite different in the mouth because instead of your lips feeling it, it’s your tongue that’s feeling it. Like conventional braces it takes a few days of used to it though it’s nothing too unpleasant. After a week or so you actually feel very natural. You won’t experience any pain with internal braces, but like with any sort of tooth movement, whether it’s through braces on the outside or on the inside, we’re essentially giving your teeth a really good workout. So if you’ve been to the gym the next day sometimes your legs and muscles ache a bit. Same thing – we’re giving your teeth a workout so it does ache a little bit the next day and the day after, but it slowly gets better.
Internal braces work a little differently to external braces and that’s why additional training needs to be done, but the idea and the concept is the same. The biggest difference is we do find that it takes a little bit longer than traditional braces. You might add a few months here or there. But the newer types that we’re using actually really reduces that gap of treatment time. The time comes in because everything has to be customised to fit your teeth. In general we find that internal braces can add about three to maybe six months over the treatment time compared to having external braces.
At Smile Solutions we have three specialist orthodontists and we are all experienced ad trained in providing the best possible care with internal lingual braces.