Lingual braces adults specialist orthodontist Kensington London

The Treatment

You need orthodontic treatment but cannot bear or are unwilling to compromise your appearance? Lingual braces might be the way for you to go. Unlike conventional braces, lingual braces are fitted to the rear of your teeth, making them nearly invisible to others. Lingual braces still provide the level of control over tooth movement needed to correct the alignment of your teeth and adjust your bite but in a way more discreet manner.

Identically to traditional, lingual braces use metal attachments connected via archwire and held by elastic bands to apply tension on your teeth to make them move and align correctly. Apart from being attached to the backside rather than the front of your teeth, the brackets are also custom made based precisely on the shape of your teeth. This customisation helps your orthodontist offer you treatment as comfortable as possible.

If you are self-conscious about your smile but the idea of having a treatment puts you off because you don’t want your braces to show – then lingual braces might be the answer you are looking for. This is a treatment that will provide you with visible results without showing you are undergoing treatment.

The Process


We will first schedule an initial consultation for you. At this appointment, your specialist orthodontist will examine your smile thoroughly. The comprehensive assessment will include taking photos and X-rays. This will allow your orthodontist to determine if lingual braces are a suitable option for your treatment.

Treatment plan

Based on the full assessment and the specifics of your case, we will prepare a treatment plan during your initial consultation. The plan will indicate how much the treatment with lingual braces could cost, how long approximately it will take, and what benefits you can expect.

First appointment

Once you decide to go ahead with lingual brace treatment, we will first take impressions of your teeth. Based on the impressions and the X-rays, we will create a mould of your teeth. We’ll use the mould to manufacture the brackets for your specific treatment and determine where precisely they will be placed so we can offer as much comfort as possible. Finally, we will schedule your second appointment in approximately six weeks. Of course, in the meantime, if you need any general dentistry work and dental hygiene, we are happy to book this for you prior to your next appointment, or if the schedule allows it on the same day.

Second appointment

On your second appointment, your orthodontist will place the customised brackets by bonding them to each tooth at the rear towards the tongue side of your teeth. Using elastic bands, we will engage the archwires to the attachments and connect them. The connection will create gentle, persistent pressure and will begin to move your teeth, helping them align correctly.

Regular adjustments

Once your braces are fitted, we will continue seeing you for regular appointments approximately every 5 to 8 weeks, depending on your specific treatment needs. During these regular appointments, your orthodontic therapist will be adjusting the braces and wires. We will also monitor the overall health of your teeth and gums, making sure you will complete your treatment by having a healthy, beautiful smile.

Retention period

At the end of your treatment, when your teeth and your bite have been appropriately adjusted, we will remove your braces. To ensure the retention of the achieved results and avoid relapse, we will place a fixed retainer. The fixed retainer is a thin wire bonded to the back of the upper and lower front teeth. It keeps them together and prevents them from moving, and you’ll never know it’s there!

We will also provide you with a set of removable retainers for you to wear overnight. The removable retainers are clear thin aligners that go over your teeth. They will help ensure your teeth are protected from moving and prevent you from grinding and applying forces that might affect the achieved results. Finally, we will see you for regular appointments approximately every three months during the first year post your orthodontic treatment. These appointments aim to closely monitor how your teeth behave post-treatment and react promptly if there are any changes.

Try it on

Curious how your face would look with lingual braces? Wonder no more!

Click here to try out a few different types of braces from the comfort of your home. It takes a few minutes to add your details, snap a few photos of your smile and preview the outcome. After you submit your photos Dr Kia will be able to review your account and offer the most suitable treatment.

If you’re not ready to go ahead with treatment yet, don’t worry – just let us know if you’d like us to keep your account active or not 🙂 


Your Orthodontist

Dr Kia, Specialist Orthodontist

Dr Kia Papagalani loves enhancing the lives of her patients at Moira Wong Orthodontics! She believes that “our smiles are the expression of our happiness to the world and this is why they have become a “universal welcome”. She feels that if she can help in creating some of that happiness, there is no greater calling!

Her entire career is dedicated to ensuring that her patients and their families have the most positive experience possible during their orthodontic journeys.
Dr Kia completed her Speciality in Orthodontics and Master’s in Science, researching advanced orthodontic techniques at Ohio State University (USA).

She has specialised in providing treatments for complex and interdisciplinary cases. With over 25 years of experience in premium orthodontics, Dr Kia is an expert in a wide range of treatment options and techniques such as Custom made Labial  Insignia Advanced Smile Design braces and Incognito lingual braces, Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligners for teens and adults, aesthetic self-ligating braces(Damon system),3-Dimensional appliances, accelerated Orthodontics.

Dr Kia Papagalani maintains several professional memberships including the American Association of Orthodontists and the British Orthodontic Society and she is also a Clinical Lecturer for the Master’s in Clinical Orthodontics at the College of Dentistry University program.

She has demonstrated a special interest in facial-driven orthodontics, non-extraction treatments, and smile aesthetics. It is very important to Dr Kia that she stays at the forefront of orthodontic technology and advancements. It is of the utmost importance also to her to stay involved in continuing education and research. By doing so, she can continue to provide her patients with the exceptional care and remarkable final results that custom made treatments offer. An incredible opportunity and service to her patients which ensures she is always at the cutting edge of what Orthodontics can do for your smile.

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To book a consultation with Dr Kia, please give our reception a call by calling us on
020 7368 6611

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