Lingual braces is a great solution for people who have crooked, gappy or misaligned teeth and who wish for a less noticeable, almost invisible, orthodontic treatment. With this type of treatment the braces are placed on the back of the teeth (so they cannot be seen when you smile) to provide an excellent tooth-straightening option for people concerned about their appearance.
How do lingual braces work?
As with traditional fixed braces, lingual braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth to shift them into the correct position. The difference is that lingual braces need significantly more customization and are often designed digitally to fit your individual teeth.
As with most dental techniques, lingual braces systems have become more and more advanced over the years. In the past, the most common issues faced by patients that have had lingual braces were speech difficulty, tongue irritation, and the longer appointments necessary. However, thanks to today’s advancements, these problems are significantly less troublesome.
The metal wires and brackets used with lingual braces are all custom made using CAD/CAM technology, which makes the results even more predictable. Some of the newest lingual brackets are now self-ligating – they hold the archwire themselves – which reduces the duration and complexity of appointments. Also, the newest, low-profile brackets are now much flatter and have smoother contours, which is a great step towards returning speech to normal sooner and alleviating tongue irritation.
As for the duration of the treatment, lingual braces tend to be a lengthier option because they move the teeth less gradually than traditional orthodontics. However, treatment times vary per case and your Clyde Munro practitioner will advise you approximately how long they perceive treatment to take.
Are you a good candidate for lingual braces?
To determine whether this type of orthodontic treatment is right for you, it is best to talk to your dentist or orthodontist. At Clyde Munro, we usually consider using lingual braces for patients who wish for a discreet orthodontic treatment, however the best course of treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as the amount of crowding and whether there are serious bite issues.
If you are not a good fit for lingual braces, though, there is nothing to worry about. You may still be a great candidate for other equally aesthetically pleasing treatments, such as Invisalign or ceramic braces, your Clyde Munro dentist will discuss all of the options available to you to ensure the best course of treatment is chosen.
To help decide whether lingual braces is the right orthodontic treatment for you, you are encouraged to contact a Clyde Munro practice near you and arrange for a consultation with one of our experienced dentists and orthodontists. And, if you have any other questions about lingual braces, our friendly and helpful receptionists are always ready to assist you!