You’ve always wanted to have straight teeth, but you don’t want to have to deal with traditional braces.
Instead, you’re looking for a more discreet way to enhance your smile.
While many people have heard about invisible aligners, not nearly as many are aware of lingual braces. Interestingly, lingual braces are fairly similar to traditional braces, as they use wires and brackets which are installed directly on your teeth.
However, the lingual method means that you’ll get braces behind teeth — so that they’ll be almost completely invisible.
They’re safe for both adults and children, so you and your kids can straighten your teeth at the same time.
Plus, they can be completely customized just like invisible aligners and traditional braces, so you know you’ll get the best possible results.
So, what are some of the top benefits of lingual braces?
Keep reading to find out.
1. You’ll Avoid Visible Discoloration
Even if you only wear traditional braces for about a year, chances are high that they’ll leave some sort of staining and discoloration on your teeth.
While of course, this discoloration can be fixed with good brushing habits, regular dental cleaning and, if needed, professional whitening treatments?
If you opt for lingual braces, however, any potential discoloration will be completely hidden from view, as it will only be on the backs of your teeth.
2. They’re as Effective as Traditional Braces
Just because you won’t always be able to see these inside braces working their magic doesn’t mean they’re laying down on the job!
Lingual braces can help to fix any rotations in your teeth, close up any spaces, and even improve your overall bite. They can also help to correct the height of your teeth.
They can give you the same effects as traditional braces, without the metal mouth.
3. They’re Great for Athletes and Musicians
Sometimes, your professional life or even your hobbies can make wearing traditional braces seriously difficult.
This is particularly true if you do sports or if you play a wind instrument.
If you get tackled or even collide with another player on the field or court, you can do serious — and expensive — damage to your braces. You could even end up getting seriously hurt if your braces get caught on something or if the impact is especially hard.
And if you play a wind instrument like the clarinet or the flute, we know you’re concerned about how traditional braces could impact your ability to play.
If you wear lingual braces, you’ll won’t have to worry about the possibility of them interfering with reeds or your mouth positioning.
4. You’ll Get the Perfect Fit
At the start of this post, we spoke about just how easy it is to customize braces behind teeth.
Now, let’s talk more about how exactly that customization process works.
Usually, digital imaging software like CAD or CAM is used to take impressions of your mouth and to create virtual models for wires. You’ll have the brackets installed individually on every tooth, and your orthodontist will ensure you have the right fit.
5. You’ll Be Confident Every Step of the Way
Roughly half of all Americans say that they’re incredibly insecure about their teeth.
In some cases, crooked teeth may even prevent you from smiling, speaking up, or laughing. That’s certainly no way to live.
However, we understand that traditional braces, especially if you’re a bit older, can make you feel just as embarrassed as crooked teeth.
Many people opt for lingual braces because it helps them to feel confident throughout the entire process. No one else will likely even be able to spot them, allowing you to keep your discretion.
Plus, when you get your lingual braces taken off, you’ll feel so much better about the way your teeth look.
Key Things to Know About Lingual Braces
Now, let’s quickly cover some of the most important things you need to know about lingual braces.
As with traditional braces, it will probably take around 2-3 weeks for you to get used to the way they feel. When you first have them on, you may have difficulty speaking. Don’t worry — this is totally normal, and will fade with time.
You’ll also need to avoid a few foods while you’re wearing these braces, including popcorn, sticky candy, (caramels, etc.) apples, corn on the cob, and even raw carrots.
Taking care of your braces is also an absolute must, especially as it’s tough to see when you have food stuck in braces that are back behind your teeth.
When you get the braces installed, you and your orthodontist will work together to come up with a care plan.
Are Lingual Braces Right for You?
We hope this post has helped you to make a decision about whether or not lingual braces are a good fit for your dental goals and overall lifestyle.
Of course, in order to truly get the benefits of lingual braces, you need to ensure that you’re working with an expert orthodontist.
That’s where we come in.
We have the experience you can trust and the bedside manner to make you feel as comfortable and as informed as possible throughout the process of wearing lingual braces.
Even if you feel like lingual braces aren’t right for you, don’t panic. We’ll talk you through plenty of your other options so that you can get the smile you deserve.
Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment, and begin the journey to an even more beautiful smile than you already have.