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What type of bite do people who need lingual braces have?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 39 years experience
Where there is room: Lingual braces can be used for othodontic tooth movements in bites that have enough room for the brackets. Any case in which the overjet of your teeth will accommodate the thickness of the braces. Overjet is the front\back distance between your upper and lower front teeth. As opposed the the overbite which is the overlap of your teeth.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
Overjet is excessive: There needs to be adequate space behind the upper front teeth and in front of the lower front teeth that bite into these areas. There must be adequate clearance to allow for the lingual braces. There may be other alternatives that are better than lingual braces; i would discuss this with your orthodontist.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 29 years experience
Would not recommend: Lingual braces. They have their issues-- can cut your tongue, often impact speech, difficult to treat. We tried these for a while and decided not to treat using them. If you need an invisable solution, would strongly recommend you consider invisalign instead. Or better yet, consider clear brackets.

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