Internal Lingual Braces
“Interviewer: I’m here with Martin, who is a registered specialist orthodontist. How are you Martin?
Dr Martin Poon: Very good Mel.
Interviewer: Today we are talking about internal braces, can you talk to me about them?
Dr Martin Poon: Sure, internal braces as the name suggests are braces that go on the inside. So if you look at the model here, traditional braces as most people know are the ones that go on the outside…
Interviewer: …and you can clearly see them.
Dr Martin Poon:…and you can clearly see them. Now because we see a lot of adults here, not a lot of them would prefer this option where it is visible. So we do have braces that go on the inside.
Interviewer: And does it have the same effect as external braces?
Dr Martin Poon: It does have the same effect as external braces but you do need some experience and additional training to be able to get the same results.
Interviewer: So I am assuming it feels quite different in the mouth.
Dr Martin Poon: It does feel a little bit different, instead of your lips feeling it, it’s your tongue that’s feeling but like conventional braces, yes there is a few days of getting used to it, and nothing too unpleasant but after a week or so you actually feel very natural.
Interviewer: Is it very painful?
Dr Martin Poon: No, like with any sort of tooth movement whether it is through braces on the outside or on the inside, but we are essentially giving your teeth a really good work out. So if you have been to a gym, the next day sometimes your legs and muscles ache a bit. Same thing, we are giving your teeth a work out so it does ache a little bit the next day and the day after but it slowly gets better.
Interviewer: Does it work in the same way as external braces?
Dr Martin Poon: It’s a little bit different 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 are using actually really reduces that gap of treatment time. The time comes in because everything has to be customised just to fit your teeth, because the insides of the teeth of everyone is quite different and to make sure it is the most comfortable for you, we do want to make sure its customised to make sure that your treatment will track well.
Interviewer: How long would I need to have internal braces on for?
Dr Martin Poon: In general we find that internal braces can add about 3 to 6 months over the treatment time compared to if you were to have external braces.
Interviewer: And I believe that there are a few dentist here that do this procedure?
Dr Martin Poon: Yes, we have three specialist orthodontists that are here, and we are all experienced and trained in providing the best possible care with internal braces.
Interviewer: And you have lovely rooms here, I’m sure your patients feel very at ease.
Dr Martin Poon: The patients love the view that we have and I certainly love the outdoor area for my lunch breaks, especially if it’s a nice day. At the same time, because of the central city location patients find that they come in very easily before work, after work or during that coffee break they can just pop in because in general our appointments are quite short, about 10 or 20 minutes.
Interviewer: Well thank you so much for your time today, I really appreciated it.
Dr Martin Poon: Thank you very much.”