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Lingual Braces | Oldham Orthodontics

With lots of different types of braces on the market, there’s no easy way to choose which is right for you without having a consultation with a specialist Orthodontist. Continue reading this blog to see whether lingual braces are the right choice for correcting overjet. 


What is overjet?

Overjet is a type of malocclusion that is visible by upper teeth protruding or overlapping the bottom teeth. An easy way to tell if you have overjet is by looking at your front top teeth and seeing if they stick forward. Overjet can be caused by a range of things including:


  • Underdevelopment of the lower jaw, where it’s shorter than the upper jaw,
  • Habits such as thumb sucking when the adult teeth came through.


Why does overjet need to be fixed?

If left untreated an overjet can cause wear to your teeth and affect the way you bite. Orthodontic treatment for overjet can also:


  • Help your front teeth function properly, as the teeth will become properly aligned,
  • Improve your self-confidence and create a perfect smile,
  • Prevent your teeth from becoming vulnerable to wear or from worsening


What are Lingual braces? 

Lingual braces are a type of hidden brace that is attached to the backs of your teeth, instead of the front. Despite this, they do work in exactly the same way as the more traditional type of braces: traditional metal braces. They use pressure to gradually move the teeth into a straighter position. 


Lingual braces are able to effectively fix your overjet, however, there are more brace options that will also correct your overjet. These include metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign


Which treatment is best for me? 

The treatment you choose really depends on two factors: which your orthodontist recommends and which suits you. If you think you may have overjet the best thing to do is to have a consultation with one of our Orthodontists. Contact us today on 0161 768 0931 to book a free consultation.