These days, there are plenty of different cosmetic dental treatments available to help you achieve a stunning smile, including lingual braces. But, how do you pick the right option for you? The first step is to pay us a visit to discuss the different options and the right treatment for your orthodontic needs.
What You Need to Know About Lingual Braces
You might have heard of lingual braces as incognito, invisible or behind the teeth braces. These braces are an excellent way to align your teeth and improve your bite without anyone even realising you’re having treatment.
If you’re in a professional job, you might want an invisible solution for your smile, and lingual braces may be the answer. The braces are bonded to the back of your teeth, which means nobody can see them.
Lingual braces are designed with the most up-to-date technology and customised to the shape of your teeth to correct your dental issues.
Are You A Candidate?
To figure out whether or not you’re a candidate for lingual braces, let’s consider a few things.
Can you overcome speech difficulties?
There’s always a short transition period when you undergo orthodontic treatment. With lingual braces, talking may be difficult at first. Since the braces sit on the back of your teeth, your tongue may struggle to produce certain sounds. It’s sure to feel a bit odd at the start of your treatment, but the more you practice, the quicker your tongue will adjust to the braces.
Do you struggle with an overbite?
Sometimes, an overbite can add extra pressure on the brace’s brackets. But this all depends on how severe your overbite is.
Can you adjust to discomfort?
When you first get your braces, your tongue will be sore. As you speak, your tongue will brush against the wires and brackets. But it’s a temporary discomfort and with a little patience and some warm salt water, you’ll soon adjust.
Can you handle dietary restrictions?
Lingual braces, like traditional braces, require you to be careful about what you eat. It’s best to avoid crunchy and sticky foods, and since the braces sit behind the teeth, you may struggle to see any trapped food particles. So, it’s always better to cut your food into smaller pieces!
All this considered, you can reap plenty of benefits from lingual braces.
The Incredible Benefits of Lingual Braces
1. They’re invisible
Of course, the biggest advantage of lingual braces is that they are invisible to other people. In fact, unless someone’s taking a close-up look in your mouth, they’re not even going to know you’re having orthodontic treatment.
So, if conventional braces sound too hindering or embarrassing, you might want to consider lingual braces.
2. A precise treatment with a predictable outcome
Today’s lingual braces are extremely sophisticated. We can take an optical impression of your teeth and make use of advanced digital treatment planning to carefully predict the outcome of your treatment. The brackets are custom-made to suit your orthodontic needs, as are the arch wires, which means that lingual braces provide a predictable and very precise treatment solution.
Thanks to the advanced technology, along with the fact that the bracket and arch wire system allows us incredible control over the movement of your teeth, you can look forward to exact results to achieve the straight and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
3. Treatment time may be shorter
Studies report that treatment involving lingual braces may be quicker than treatment with conventional braces. In fact, researchers have found that treatment time with lingual braces can take just 14 months, compared to 20 months with traditional braces.
A Few Commonly Asked Questions
If you’re still somewhat on the fence about getting lingual braces, or you’re still trying to figure out whether or not it’s the right treatment for you, perhaps a look at a few commonly asked questions will help.
Do lingual braces hurt?
No, the overall treatment does not hurt. Of course, you might have some temporary soreness at the start of your treatment because of the arch wire pressure and your tongue rubbing up against the brackets. But sometimes an over the counter pain reliever or salt rinse will help you overcome the initial adjustment pain.
Can I floss with invisible braces?
Yes! While flossing will take some getting used to, it can be done. When you have your lingual braces put on, we’ll teach you how to floss correctly so you can avoid getting food particles trapped in your braces.
Do I have to be careful about what I eat?
Yes! As with traditional braces, you’ll need to avoid eating sticky, chewy, and hard foods. That’s because these types of foods can harm the braces and prolong your treatment time. However, provided you make a few modifications like taking smaller bites, you can carry on enjoying plenty of foods.
Will anyone know I am having treatment?
Not unless you tell them! Lingual braces hide behind your teeth, so unless someone is looking in your mouth or you’re laughing with your mouth wide open, no one will know you’re having treatment.
Will I need retainers after my treatment?
You will. Just as with other orthodontic treatments, retainers are necessary to enhance and keep up your beautiful new smile.
How often will I need to visit the orthodontist?
Your appointment will vary from 3 to 6 weeks at a time. Lingual braces are designed to rapidly move your teeth into a straighter position. This means you’ll need to stick to a strict schedule. If you miss a scheduled appointment, you may need to reschedule as soon as possible to keep up the control of tooth movement.
Can I Get Lingual Braces?
When you come in for your appointment, we can assess your orthodontic situation to decide whether or not you’re a candidate for lingual braces. But, they’re the perfect solution if you’re self-conscious about traditional braces but want to achieve a straighter smile.
Book a consultation at Fine Orthodontics today to discuss whether or not you’re a candidate for invisible braces!