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How to Cope With Problems Associated With Lingual Braces

Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are different from other forms of braces since you install the lingual braces to the inner side of your mouth. Although others won't see your lingual braces, the braces do have some complications that you need to overcome to benefit from the treatment. Here are some of these complications and how to overcome them.

Practice to Swallow Without Tongue Thrust

Your tongue may get sore or roughen up when you first get dental braces. The soreness arises because the tongue tends to thrust against the inside of the teeth when you swallow. Since the lingual braces are installed on the inside of the teeth, the tongue will thrust against the lingual braces, and the braces may irritate the tongue.

Practice how to swallow food without the tongue thrust to limit the irritation. You may have to endure the irritation the first few days, but the pain will ease if you keep up with the practice.

Over-Enunciate Words

You may also experience difficulty with speech with lingual braces in your mouth. The difficulty may exist because the lingual braces occupy the space your tongue needs to help you enunciate words. Over-enunciate words to help others hear you well despite the presence of the lingual braces in your mouth.

Practice Your Speech

In addition to over-enunciating, practice your speech if you want others to hear you well despite the braces. The more you speak, the faster your speech difficulties will disappear. Therefore, don't pass up an opportunity to speak; in fact, create such opportunities. Read things out loud, sing to yourself, and speak out your thoughts to force your tongue to adapt to the presence of the lingual braces.

Use Dental Wax

Talk to your dentist about your tongue soreness if the irritation doesn't go away fast enough. Your dentist has several solutions to the problem. For example, the dentist may advise you to use orthodontic wax to soften the sharpness of the orthodontic materials in your mouth. You can place the wax over the sharp edges of the orthodontic devices to shield your tongue.

Avoid Troublesome Foods 

You should also watch what you eat after you get your lingual braces. For one, some foods may damage the braces and lengthen or interfere with your treatment time. Examples of such foods include hard foods, chewy foods, and sticky foods. Secondly, some foods may get caught up in the braces and encourage bacteria to attack your teeth.

Take Time to Clean Your Teeth

It is not easy to clean your teeth properly if you have lingual braces in your mouth. Take your time and ensure every inch of your teeth is clean. In fact, you should clean each tooth individually for the best results. Be gentle as you clean the teeth so as not to interfere with the brace's fit.

Use the Right Dental Hygiene Tools

Lastly, the tools you choose for your dental hygiene also determine how clean your mouth will be during your orthodontic treatment. Get a soft-bristled toothbrush, preferably one with a head that is marginally smaller than normal. Such a toothbrush will be effective but gentle on your lingual braces.

Other dental hygiene tools to try include an interdental brush, orthodontic floss, and an oral irrigation device. The idea is to clean your teeth as thoroughly as possible without interference to your orthodontic treatment.

Lingual braces are not for everyone, and these braces do not treat all forms of alignment effectively. At Family Dental Center, we have various orthodontic treatments for misaligned teeth. Contact us today for an appointment so that we can work together to straighten your teeth whether the treatment involves lingual braces or not.
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