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Can you have braces placed behind your teeth?

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It is possible to have braces placed behind your teeth, according to the British Orthodontic Society. These type of braces, known as lingual braces, can only be fitted by orthodontists with special training.

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The Consumer Guide to Dentistry explains that lingual braces are custom made from a scan of the teeth and are fitted by an orthodontist who has received special training. As they are custom made, lingual braces may be more expensive than traditional braces.

Treatment with lingual braces may take longer than treatment with traditional braces, but treatment time can be shortened by the use of elastics, explains the British Orthodontic Society. Lingual braces are not suitable for all orthodontic conditions but may be used to treat an overbite, crowded or widely spaced teeth, and crooked teeth, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry.

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