Looking for hidden secret braces? InBrace may be for you!

One of these options that is gaining in popularity is lingual braces, or braces that go behind the teeth. These braces consist of brackets and wire just like traditional braces, except that we place them on the lingual, or tongue side, of the teeth.

InBrace patient photo

What are lingual Braces- InBrace?

If you’ve heard the name INBRACE, you’ve heard the name of the newest and most technologically advanced brand of lingual braces. We use InBrace to treat a host of orthodontic issues, from mild to moderate, and even more severe, malocclusions. And all of this can be done discretely, unlike other options.

Just like traditional braces, lingual braces rely on the use of an archwire anchored to brackets on the teeth to guide the teeth to their ideal locations. INBRACE is unique because rather than using elastic ties to hold the wire in the brackets, their brackets use a small clip to hold the wire in place. This makes wire insertion and removal significantly easier and quicker for the patient and orthodontist.InBrace wire in the mouth of a patient.
Another distinctive quality of INBRACE is that we customize the wires which we program to fit the smile of each patient. This makes for a highly individualized treatment. The wires are pre-formed for each individual case to achieve an ideal final outcome. This reduces the need for monthly wire changes, as well as extended lengths of time in treatment!

You might be wondering, “how on earth am I ever going to keep those lingual braces clean?” With INBRACE, the wires have been created with loops in between the teeth to enable normal flossing without the need for floss aides. INBRACE also has the smallest lingual brackets on the market, which makes cleaning them significantly easier and better for overall oral hygiene.

Other Advantages of InBrace

For those interested in esthetic orthodontic treatment, the two best options available are lingual braces and clear aligners. One of the downsides of clear clear aligners, such as Invisalign, is that it requires a high degree of patient compliance to ensure the treatment stays on track. Patients have to wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day to ensure the teeth move according to the orthodontist’s plan. But with INBRACE, your orthodontist places the appliance, and then you’re set! You don’t have to remember to take it out when eating, brushing and flossing, and you don’t have to remember again to put it back.

Photo of an InBrace wire.

What are the disadvantages of these lingual braces?

No orthodontic appliance is without disadvantages, so it is important that we do address the two main concerns with INBRACE. First, dietary restrictions are still in force as the lingual braces could become loose if any hard/sticky/chewy/crunchy foods are eaten, similar to traditional braces. Second, there is a period of accommodation that the tongue will need to get used to the lingual appliance. It typically takes a week for patients to adjust to the new appliance with regard to eating, speaking and overall tongue comfort. Overall, you will get used to them, there is just a transition period!