Over the years there has been a lot of progress in regards to the variety of orthodontic treatments available. Lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth and are proving popular for people with concerns about the appearance of traditional metal braces.
What are Lingual Braces?
Traditional metal braces are attached to the fronts of the teeth and straighten teeth via a system of brackets, wires and elastics, over a period or months or years.
Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces except they're hidden from view because they're placed on the backs of the teeth. This means that lingual braces are virtually invisible to other people, and that's the primary reason patients choose them.
One notable advantage of lingual braces is that if you play a sport or a wind instrument lingual braces can adapt to it more readily than traditional metal braces.
Lingual braces are custom-made, typically cost more than traditional braces, and may make treatment take a little longer. That said, 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. First of all, the teeth have to be long enough, so that there’s room to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth. Also, people who suffer with severe bite problems will not be able to wear lingual braces.
Due to the constant contact with these sharp metal objects, lingual braces can cause problems for your tongue. This can result in some significant irritation while your mouth grows accustomed to the braces on the backs of your teeth. It may even require some recondition of the tongue thrust you automatically perform when you swallow.
It's important to note that lingual braces could also make talking difficult when they’re first applied. This is a factor you may want to take into consideration when deciding on which orthodontic treatment is best for you.