In recent years, braces technology has made a lot of progress. These days, there are many forms of orthodontic treatments to choose from. One great option is lingual braces which are hidden from view because they sit on the backs of the teeth.
What are Lingual Braces?
Traditional metal braces are attached to the fronts of the teeth. They straighten the teeth via a system of brackets, wires and elastics. Teeth are straightened over a period or months or years.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces, except that they are placed on the backs of the teeth, hiding them from view. Many patients choose lingual braces because they are almost invisible to other people.
Another great advantage of lingual braces is that if you play sports or wind instruments lingual braces can allow you to adapt more easily than traditional braces.
Some disadvantages of lingual braces are that these custom-made braces tend to cost more than traditional braces, and can make treatment take a little longer. That said, many people feel that the improved aesthetics are worth the additional time and cost.
Are Lingual Braces Right for You?
Unfortunately, lingual braces are not for everyone. There are some challenges associated with them that aren't an issue with traditional braces. For example, patients with severe bite problems will not be able to wear lingual braces. Also, the teeth need to be long enough, so that there’s room to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth.
Lingual braces can cause some significant irritation as your mouth grows accustomed to your tongue being in constant contact with these sharp metal objects. Patients may also require some reconditioning of the tongue thrust that is automatically performed when swallowing.
When first applied, lingual braces can make speaking difficult, which might be a serious consideration for some people.