Thanks to new technology there are many styles of braces to choose from these days. Lingual brace are proving to be very popular for people who are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces, because lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth.
What are Lingual Braces?
Traditional metal braces are placed on the front of the teeth, and straighten teeth via a system of wires, brackets and elastics, which straighten the teeth over a period or months.
Although very similar to traditional metal braces, lingual braces are placed on the backs of the teeth, hiding them from view. That means that lingual braces are virtually invisible to other people, which is the key reason that many patients choose them.
Another advantage of lingual braces is that if you play sports or even a wind instrument, lingual braces can adapt to more easily than traditional braces.
Lingual braces are custom-made and tend to cost more than traditional braces. They may also cause treatment to take a little longer, but for many people, the improved aesthetics are worth the additional time and cost.
Are Lingual Braces Right for You?
Unfortunately not everyone can wear lingual braces. There are some challenges associated with them that aren't an issue with traditional braces. To start, the teeth have to be long enough, so that there’s space to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth. In addition, people with severe bite problems will not be able to wear lingual braces.
Lingual braces sometimes pose a problem for your tongue, which will be in constant contact with the sharp metal objects. Sometimes this can result in significant irritation as your mouth becomes accustomed to its new resident. Lingual braces will also require some reconditioning of the tongue thrust that you automatically perform each time you swallow.
Finally, lingual braces can makes talking difficult when they’re first applied. This is a factor you may want to consider before making your decision to choose this style of orthodontic treatment.