“Inside Braces” may not be the apt term for lingual braces, but most people will understand the term more because the brackets are literally placed inside the mouth and yes, on the inner surface of the teeth. Unlike traditional braces that are attached to the facial surface of the teeth, the lingual braces are shaped differently so that they may be attached to the concave lingual surface. More so, the wires also follow a different (more narrow) orientation to fit the more narrow arch of the lingual surface.
Choosing Inside Braces
When one makes a design to choose “inside braces” or braces inside teeth or lingual braces, one does so because of many reasons. Before one makes that final word, it is going to be essential that you get to know braces inside teeth through and through:
- Not a lot of dentists are able to perform orthodontics through inside braces. This technique is quite new so the technology is not widely spread yet so with the lack of dentists performing this service, explains why it is an expensive luxury to be enjoyed.
- Not a lot of dentists perform this so it is going to be hard for you to actually find a professional who will be willing to take your case. You will find that there are more dentists that do not perform it than dentists that do, so this is going to be hard for you to have better options.
- In terms of invisibility, you can rely on inside or lingual braces to excel well. They are placed at the back of the teeth so that when the patient smiles, they are not at all seen. This is not like the metal braces that look conspicuous in the patients mouth; not like the ceramic or clear braces that will appear invisible from afar but not when the other person is right in front of the patient, and not at all for the patient who is still imprisoned by the brackets, wires and rubbers in his mouth; and not like the Invisalign® aligners who are made clear and transparent, but not completely invisible when one really tries to look closely.
- Cleaning the teeth and the brackets can present some complication because the brackets are located at the back of the teeth, which may be an area of possibly plaque accumulation. This, of course, will make it harder for the patient to clean and so prevent dental disease that is often the consequence of unwanted plaque accumulation.
- Eating is probably one of the most inconvenient things about having lingual braces, especially where cleaning is concerned because food can get stuck in the braces and they will be harder to clean. They will not get in the way as much as traditional braces do, but they will still get in the way of you enjoying the foods you normally enjoy having.
- The invisibility and convenience offered by this option opens the usefulness of the brackets to patients who are normally contraindicated to its use, such as celebrities and politician who are constantly in the public eye; flight attendants, models, receptions and other employees with work that requires them to be in front of people; and it also makes everything very perfect and safer for wind instrumentalists and athletes.
- One main problem about the use of braces inside your teeth is mainly related to its location. It is found in the lingual or back surface of the teeth, which is also a convenient location for plaque to accumulate at a heightened frequency.
- In terms of treatment principles and techniques, there really is not much difference between how orthodontic issues are treated with normal braces and inside braces. The biggest difference is that the orientation of the brackets can pose a lot of complication, but the movement and the manipulation is more or less the same. The tools may be different but the concept of movement lie on the same things — so the principles of the treatment are within the same ball court.
The above mentioned information should help you make a sound decision about the treatment — determine for sure if everything will be the right pick your case and for you, personally.