With the wide range of orthodontic solutions available to straighten your teeth, you may be overwhelmed by your choices. Your orthodontist will help you decide which type of braces will be ideal for your smile, but one choice to consider before your consultation is lingual braces. These uniquely designed braces are bonded to the backs of the teeth so that they are hidden as they apply gentle, continuous pressure to move the teeth into proper position. While lingual braces are not the right choice for everyone, they can be a beneficial option for you if:
You have larger teeth.
If you have naturally small teeth, lingual braces will not be right for you, because they use larger brackets than traditional metal braces. It is also important to note that the position of lingual braces can cause more difficulties with speaking and eating during the first few weeks, so you should be prepared to adjust to these devices.
You are able to spend more for your braces.
Unlike conventional metal brackets that bond to the front of the teeth, lingual braces require custom-fitted brackets based on impressions of your teeth. This raises the base cost of lingual braces and requires more time to craft the brackets in a lab before they can be put on.
You want to minimize visibility of your braces.
The biggest advantage of lingual braces is their virtual invisibility. They are completely hidden behind the teeth, so no one will be able to tell you are wearing them. If you are concerned about your appearance while you are wearing braces, the unique design of lingual braces might be well-worth the added cost.
You have access to a specialist orthodontist.
Not all orthodontists offer lingual braces, because these devices do require more intricate work to put on the teeth. That means you may need to do a little extra research to find the right orthodontist if you are considering lingual braces for your smile.
Today’s braces technologies can allow you to get the orthodontic care you need without drawing unwanted attention to your smile. Even if lingual braces are not ideal for you, there are options that can move your teeth discreetly for more comfort in your care.