Lingual Braces and Orthodontics
When people talk of braces, they are given a mental picture of the traditional design of braces that most people have become accustomed to. They are metal, shaped like a box and they are attached to the front or facial surface of the teeth, almost covering the entire tooth. Given all that, they can be quite unsightly, so more cosmetic options have been popular, like lingual braces and orthodontics.
Ceramic Braces are the most popular alternative to metal braces. Still designed and utilized the same way, but they are tooth-colored and definitely more aesthetically pleasing because they are camouflaged on the patient’s teeth. Invisalign®, with the clear aligners and trays offer some kind of invisible treatment option to patients that involve no brackets, wires and rubbers. Another alternative to metal braces are lingual braces, as the name suggests, the braces are attached to the lingual or back surface of the teeth, so they are not seen.
A Closer Look
If neither ceramic braces nor invisible aligners seem aesthetic enough for you, the only orthodontic option left for you to choose is lingual braces. That they do the job, there is no questioning that, but before you make any decision about it, you will need to know.
Orthodontic Treatments with lingual braces are not really different from traditional metal braces that are placed on the front of the teeth. The main difference is that they are placed at the back of the teeth so they are designed a special way to accommodate the shape of the lingual surface. Given this, you can expect for the treatment to more or less go the same way, only that the manipulation is a lot different. Adjustments are required, just as often as traditional treatments go — the only difference is that the braces are at the back of the patient’s teeth.
Given that the brackets are placed at the back of the teeth, they are not seen on the patient’s smile. Unlike metal, it is not seen and it does not destroy the appearance of your smile; unlike ceramic braces or invisible aligners, they are completely unseen when the patient smiles because there are not brackets on the front surface of the teeth and no transparent trays that should get in the way. When you are looking for true invisibility, you get exactly what you believe you deserve and more.
Another important thing you may want to note about lingual braces is that given the fact that they are placed on the back surface of the teeth, they are more convenient to have for a number of reasons. Surely cleaning them will be a little difficult, and you may need to really schedule regular cleaning sessions with your dentist, but when you choose lingual braces the following is true: wind instrumentalists who are usually contraindicated to receive such as treatment can enjoy it; sports athletes who often engage in contact sports and increased physical activity will be able to enjoy the treatment freely without compromising their sport; and patients who cannot exactly compromise their facial appearance, such as celebrities, flight attendants and politicians, can go for the treatment.
- Lingual braces and orthodontics are more expensive than traditional braces. They are more expensive because the dentist who is performing it had to undergo special training to be able to carryout the procedure; because not a lot of dentists offer it; and because they are of a very special design.