Lingual Braces: What you need to know.

With so many orthodontic options, straight teeth are easy to attain. Even Kate Middleton had a little help achieving her perfect smile. The future queen of England wore lingual braces, which first became popular among celebrities. Though the technique isn’t as well known as metal braces or Invisalign, it’s gaining a following among adults.

Lingual braces are adhered to the back of a patient’s teeth facing the tongue (the lingual side). While they rely on metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, they are not visible. The hidden braces are customized to each individual’s needs and are worn for a similar length of time as metal braces.

The technique was developed in the 1980s, yet not all orthodontists have the specialized training or expertise necessary to provide the treatment. Fortunately Dr. Sharma does and offers lingual braces at Aura Orthodontics.

Advantages of Lingual Braces

  • Lingual braces are not visible unless someone actually looks in your mouth. This makes them perfect for those who wish to keep their braces treatment discreet. Even clear braces can be seen up close.
  • While Invisalign can’t be detected either, it cannot treat certain orthodontic issues. Lingual braces work better for a variety of more complex cases.
  • Because lingual braces are mounted on the back of the teeth, any discoloration associated with treatment won’t be visible.
  • State-of-the-art technology, including 3D imaging, is used for treatment, which ensures lingual braces are completely customized to each individual’s smile for maximum results.
  • Lingual braces can treat crowding, spacing, overjet teeth, crossbites and underbites.

 

Disadvantages of Lingual Braces

  • It takes a few weeks to get used to the position of the braces so you may experience temporary issues with speaking and eating. After the adjustment period, you won’t even notice they’re there.
  • Appointment times might be a little longer when wearing lingual braces. Working behind the teeth and upside down adds difficulty.
  •  Maintaining oral hygiene can be slightly more challenging. Patients will have to be diligent with brushing, flossing and keeping the braces clean.

 

Am I a Good Candidate for Lingual Braces?

Adults and teenagers whose permanent teeth have grown in are the ideal candidates for lingual braces treatment. The brackets are tinier than those used for traditional braces, so some patients with smaller than average teeth or extreme bite problems might have to take another route.

Visit Aura Orthodontics today for a free consultation. Dr. Sharma will determine if you are a good candidate for lingual braces and present you with the various

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Suzi says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma,
    I was wondering if lingual braces would
    be a good candidate for an adult patient
    that has a thumb sucking habit? Seems
    like the placement of the brackets inside
    the teeth rather than outside would help
    & prevent the need for tongue thrusting.
    I’m looking for something less noticeable
    than the crib appliance.
    Thanks in advance.

    • It is absolutely possible that lingual braces could help correcting a thumb sucking habit in an adult. There are also other methods as a substitute for a tongue crib. As I always discuss with my patients, the most powerful tool in addition to any orthodontic appliance is and will always be a strong determination! Good luck!

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