What are the risks of getting invisible (lingual) braces?

Dustin S. Burleson, DDS
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

There are several risks when considering any type of braces, including discomfort, increased risk for decalcification and tooth decay, shortened roots, nerve damage, gum disease and injury from the braces to the gums, lips, cheeks and tongue. Lingual (inside the mouth) braces have a unique risk in delayed adaptation to speaking with these braces. A lisp is common for the first few days with lingual braces and can last as long as two weeks. Typically with practice, any significant speech effects are minimal after two weeks of adapting to the lingual braces.

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