Over recent years braces technology has made a lot of progress, now there are a variety of types to choose from. Lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth and have proven to be very popular for people with concerns about the appearance of traditional braces.
What are Lingual Braces?
You are probably most familiar with traditional metal braces that are placed on the front of the teeth. Traditional metal braces straighten teeth over a period of months or years via a system of brackets, wires and elastics.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces but they are hidden from view by being placed on the backs of the teeth. As a result, lingual braces are virtually invisible to other people. This is the primary reason patients choose lingual braces.
If you play a wind instrument or a sport, lingual braces can adapt to it more readily than traditional braces.
Lingual braces are custom-made and tend to cost more than traditional braces, also treatment can take a little longer. However, for many people the improved aesthetics are worth the additional time and cost.
Are Lingual Braces Right for You?
There are some challenges associated with lingual braces that aren't an issue with traditional braces, so they don't work for everyone. 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. Also, people with severe bite problems can't wear lingual braces.
Sometimes lingual braces 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 gets used to its new resident. It may require some reconditioning of the tongue thrust that you automatically perform when you swallow.
One final factor you'll want to take into consideration before you decide, is that lingual braces can sometimes make speaking difficult when they’re first applied.