A great smile is a possibility for everyone, thanks to the variety of treatment options that are available. Age is no longer an issue when it comes to teeth straightening, as there is an option that is suitable for children, teens, and even adults.
Braces are an effective way of straightening crooked teeth and aligning bites correctly. There are different types of braces which can be used depending on your preference and the recommendation of your orthodontist. If you need a treatment option which cannot be seen by others, then the lingual braces are a good option for you.
About Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth rather than at the front. This means that the braces cannot be seen by others even when they are standing right in front of you. These braces are suitable for complex movements like adjusting the height of the teeth, correcting rotations and closing gaps created by extraction of teeth.
If the braces get discolored, it is not an issue since the braces are hidden from view. If you have short crowns, it may not be possible to have lingual braces fixed on your teeth. The braces are also slightly more costly than other braces because the brackets and wires are customized specifically for your teeth.
In order for you to have lingual braces fixed, your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth. The impressions will be taken to a dental laboratory where the customized braces will be created for your teeth. The process takes about six weeks and when they are ready you will be asked to come for an appointment. The orthodontist will then cement the braces to the back of your teeth.
The braces will apply pressure on your teeth gently and continuously and your teeth and jaws will slowly shift to the required position. You need to make sure that your orthodontist is trained in offering lingual braces since not all orthodontists have the skills to provide this treatment.
When you first get lingual braces fixed on your teeth, you may find it difficult to eat and speak clearly for the first two weeks. Thereafter you will not have much of a problem since your mouth will have adjusted to the presence of the braces. During your dental appointments, you may have to take longer than someone with braces at the front. This is because the orthodontist has to continually get into an almost upside down position to adjust the braces.
The distance between your teeth on the inside is actually shorter than the distance on the outside. This means that the wires used on the inside have to be lighter and smaller. The pressure exerted by these wires is, therefore, less than wires that are on the front of the teeth which means your treatment time may be longer than the normal braces.
Maintaining your oral health when you have lingual braces on is of great importance. Since the braces are hidden behind your teeth, you need to take more time to clean them. You should brush your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes and floss them daily. You can also use an oral irrigation gadget which flushes out food particles stuck in the braces.
Dr. Nino Gullotta offers the most modern and stylish teeth straightening treatment options including lingual braces and Invisalign. To find out more about other treatment options available, please go to Gullotta Orthodontics.