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What are some reasons why my child may not like wearing invisible braces?

Your child might not like wearing invisible (lingual) braces for several reasons. It can take longer to adjust to wearing these invisible braces because the bracket is fixed to the back of the teeth, also known as the lingual side. With braces on the back of the teeth, it may take a little while for your child to adjust her speech. She may speak with a slight lisp or have trouble forming certain words. You child’s tongue will also rub against the braces, possibly catching on them on occasion. As with traditional braces, your child will need to avoid certain foods, such as gum and sticky caramels, so the braces don’t break off. Hard foods such as apples and crusty bread can have the same effect. As with traditional metal braces, food can get trapped in the brackets. Invisible braces require special care with cleaning to make sure the food gets brushed out. Orthodontists recommend drinking less soda and fruit juice, which can damage the braces and cause cavities.

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