When you are looking for a hidden brace that will straighten your smile while also adding a touch of glamour, lingual braces are the way to go!
While they are not as well known as other orthodontic options such as Invisalign, lingual braces have carved out their niche in adult orthodontics and can be used to treat more complex issues than many other aligners.
So, are they the right brace for you? An orthodontist Stoke on Trent provides the following facts about lingual braces.
They are hidden
First things first!
While the idea of wearing a fitted brace may not sound appealing to most adults (or even teenagers), the placement of lingual braces makes them extremely appealing. As opposed to being fitted to the front of the teeth, they will be attached to the back, thus making them almost invisible!
While you will require some help from your dentist and/or hygienist to keep them clean and to keep your teeth healthy due to their position, this will be well worth it thanks to the discretion that accompanies this brace!
They are a classy brace!
Not only are lingual braces fitted to the back of the teeth, but they are also the classiest brace you will ever wear!
Unlike regular or even clear braces that have brackets that are made from metal or ceramics, the brackets that make up lingual braces are made from gold!
OK, technically, it’s a gold alloy, but still! This is the material of choice for lingual braces as it is more flexible and will help to even out the pressure that can accompany having your teeth straightened. Great stuff!
You will be in good company
While you may not associate celebrities with having to wear braces, many do; the only reason you don’t spot them is that they are hidden!
And truly, many celebrities have worn lingual braces; even members of the British royal family have worn lingual braces, including both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
They are flexible
When many people think of having a brace fitted (even on the back of their teeth), they envision the brackets and wires being attached to every single tooth.
With lingual braces, however, this is not the case; your dentist or orthodontic team may be able to place the brackets etc onto certain teeth in your mouth as opposed to all of them. This will of course depend on the issues you are facing with your misalignment and the severity of them.
If, for example, you do not have an issue with your bite, then your dental team will be able to place the brackets onto specific teeth as opposed to all of them, thus compressing the treatment time and reducing the discomfort.
They are effective
While many people have concerns that braces placed on the back of their teeth as opposed to the front won’t work, lingual braces are extremely effective.
These braces can treat a myriad of dental issues, from overbites to underbites, all while also rotating problem teeth and creating a more symmetrical smile. And in studies and research, they have been found to have long term effectiveness of over 95%. So, they work just as well as the original metal brace, but are hidden!