If you would like to have your teeth straightened, there are multiple applications available to correct your misalignment. Some of these applications can straighten your teeth without being noticed by others.
Among discrete orthodontic options, lingual braces are sometimes preferred over other devices. Here are a few reasons why:
Lingual braces straighten the teeth as effectively as traditional braces but are still invisible to an observer.
As your orthodontist applies the brackets of your lingual braces, he or she will position them on the back side of the teeth instead of on the front surface. As a result, it will be difficult for people to whom you are speaking to see the braces.
Still, lingual braces are as effective at aligning the teeth as traditional braces are. This is important for people who are unable to use other discrete orthodontic options such as clear plastic aligners due to the severity of their misalignment.
Lingual braces are unlikely to become caught on your lips.
Because of the position of traditional braces, your lips can quickly become snagged on the brackets. Lingual braces are not positioned between your lips and teeth. Thus, the braces do not easily snag or damage your lips.
This can be an important feature for people who play an instrument that involves blowing into a reed. In addition, severe lip injuries from the braces are unlikely when playing contact sports such as soccer.
The use of lingual braces is not age-restrictive.
Some alignment options can only be used by teens or adults. For instance, clear plastic aligners are usually reserved for older patients because the palate of the patient needs to be to fully grown in order for the aligners to be prescribed. Lingual braces can be used for practically any patient that can receive traditional metal braces.
Food that becomes caught in the brackets is not visible to others.
With conventional metal braces, food can easily become caught in the brackets. This can be unsightly to others, and it can cause you to feel self-conscious. With lingual braces, food may still become caught in the brackets, but because the braces are located on the back side of the teeth, the detained particles of food are generally not seen by others. The food can be cleaned from the teeth following the meal or snack without anyone noticing that it was ever there.
To learn more about lingual braces and their advantages, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist (like those at Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP).