What are lingual braces?
The ultimate incognito treatment, lingual are metal braces attached to the back side of your teeth! They are completely hidden from view and are a great alternative to the metal or ceramic braces that are fixed on the outer surfaces of the teeth. The high customization allows for less adjustments and shorter treatment durations. As with all orthodontic treatment options, there are Pros and Cons. Let’s review:
Advantages of Lingual Braces
Other than being invisible because of their location, these braces are better at complex tooth movements such as rotations and extraction space closures than Invisalign. Any discoloration like white spots are not seen as they are on the inner side of the teeth.
Disadvantages of Lingual Braces
The lingual braces are tricky to place and require extra care when adjusting. The orthodontist has to be extremely skilled and should be keenly aware of the exact amount of forces necessary to install lingual braces. Working on the inner surfaces of the teeth is difficult, thus the patient should expect to spend more time in the chair for the installation. This technique-sensitive and time-consuming process makes them a costlier option than metal or ceramic braces, bearing in mind that the brackets need to be individually crafted to custom fit over your teeth. Initially, people complain of discomfort and speech problems. This gets sorted out in a week or two once the patient gets used to the braces. Cleaning lingual braces takes a little more effort than the other braces. But, it is not an impossible task. The biggest disadvantage of lingual braces are the cost and treatment time. The treatment time with lingual braces tend to be longer when compared to invisailgn or regular braces.
How They Work
The importance of finding the right orthodontist who specializes in providing lingual braces cannot be overemphasized. Since the technique involves intricate work and an ability to understand how forces work when applied from the inner side of the teeth, it is very important that you choose an experienced orthodontist who has a number of successful cases under his belt. Anyone who is eligible for traditional metal braces is a good candidate for lingual braces too.
Once the molds are made, they are sent to the lab for custom fabrication of the brackets. These brackets are then fixed and the arch wire placed. Adjustments are done at periodic intervals when the doctor checks everything to make sure the treatment is on the right track. It takes around 2 hours to fix the lingual braces and they are pretty comfortable once you get used to them. Just make sure you clean them well as instructed and you should be able to have your dream smile in a year or two.
Again, it is very important to choose a very experienced orthodontist if you decide on lingual braces, since only experienced orthodontist can properly customized, design, and adjust those complicated appliances to fit your individual needs.