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Lingual braces are incredibly discreet, but their beauty isn’t just skin deep – they’re also very good at straightening teeth.
eBrace is a customised lingual brace that features bespoke brackets and wires, which are fitted behind your teeth. Because each brace is carefully made to your orthodontist’s directions, eBrace offers excellent control and precision.
Customised lingual braces like eBrace can treat a wide range of teeth and jaw misalignments – otherwise known as ‘malocclusions’. Here are some of the most common complaints they can help with.
Dental crowding, where the teeth are crooked and overlap, is usually caused by a lack of space. It’s very common, and as we age our teeth have a natural tendency to move forward and crowd together. Patients are usually concerned about the appearance of crowded teeth, but they can also affect your dental health by making it difficult to clean all the surfaces of your teeth effectively.
If a tooth gets blocked as it tries to emerge from below the gumline, it is ‘impacted’. The most common cause of impacted teeth is a lack of space. In some cases, these teeth can be ‘exposed’ and moved into position with the help of a brace. Other options include removing the tooth, or even leaving it in place if it’s unlikely to cause any problems.
Sometimes, teeth can twist – or rotate – so they are no longer aligned with the neighbouring teeth. In some cases they can emerge rotated, or they can twist as a result of crowding. Severely rotated teeth usually need to be treated with a fixed brace such as eBrace and aren’t always suitable for clear aligners.
Unsurprisingly, spacing involves teeth that are widely spaced apart with gaps in between. The gap between two teeth is sometimes referred to as a diastema. Diastemas are most common between the two upper front teeth. In recent years diastemas have become more desirable and models Lara Stone and Georgia May Jagger have chosen to embrace their gaps.
An overjet is where the top teeth protrude out past the bottom teeth, resulting in a horizontal gap. This can leave the teeth more susceptible to damage and cause problems with speech. Some overjets are the result of missing teeth or a small lower jaw, which can be inherited. They can also be created by habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.
A slight overbite or overlapping of the bottom teeth is normal. However, too much of an overbite, which is known as a deep overbite, can cause excessive wear of the lower teeth and even damage the gums. A deep overbite can also affect the shape of the face, giving the illusion of a shorter chin. Overbites are often inherited but they can be caused by other influences including thumb sucking.
An underbite (also known as an anterior crossbite) is the opposite to an overbite and involves the front bottom teeth overlapping the top teeth. Sometimes, this is because of a discrepancy between the upper and lower jaw, or it could be the result of misaligned teeth. Again, underbites can be inherited, or instigated by habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.
A crossbite is where the upper and lower teeth are incorrectly positioned and don’t bite together properly. Ideally, the upper back teeth should be positioned slightly outside of the lower teeth. When they’re not, this as known as a ‘posterior crossbite’. Crossbites can make it difficult and even painful to chew. Direct causes include a wider lower jaw; the delayed loss of baby teeth; and the abnormal eruption of adult teeth.
An open bite is present when the upper and lower teeth don’t make contact or bite together when the jaw is closed in a biting position. When this involves the front teeth, it is known as an ‘anterior open bite’. This can make it difficult to eat and may result in speech problems. Once again, this bite problem can be genetic or developed over time through habits that exert prolonged pressure on the teeth, for example thumb sucking.
Ultimately, every patient is different and for a definitive answer on whether lingual braces are right for you, it’s important to see an orthodontist for a full assessment. You can find your nearest eBrace provider here on our website.