There has been a lot of progress in the field of braces technology over recent years, and there are many types to choose from. Lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth and are proving to be very popular for people who are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces.
What are Lingual Braces?
Traditional metal braces are placed on the front of the teeth, and straighten teeth via a system of brackets, wires and elastics, straighten teeth over a period or months or years.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces but they are placed on the backs of the teeth, hidden from view. Lingual braces are virtually invisible to other people, which is the primary reason patients choose them.
Another great advantage of lingual braces is that if you play a wind instrument or a sport, lingual braces can adapt to it more readily than traditional braces..
It's true that these custom-made braces tend to cost more than traditional braces, and sometimes cause treatment to take a little longer, but for many people the improved aesthetics are worth the additional cost and time.
Are Lingual Braces Right for You?
There are some challenges associated with lingual braces and not everyone can wear them. First of all, the teeth have to be long enough, so that there’s space to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth. Additionally, people with severe bite problems cannot wear lingual braces.
Lingual braces sometimes pose a problem for your tongue, which will be in constant contact with these sharp metal objects. This can result in some significant irritation as your mouth grows accustomed to its new resident. It may require some recondition of the tongue thrust that you automatically perform when you swallow.
Finally, lingual braces can make speaking difficult when they’re first applied, so this is a factor you'll want to take into consideration.