Lingual Braces

Pretty young girl wearing bracesIf you are looking to get your teeth straightened then you may have been concerned about the impact on your appearance while the procedure is taking place.

In the past cosmetic dentistry has sometimes conjured up images of thick wires and contraptions for the head but this is no longer the case, thanks to the wonders of advances in orthodontics. In fact there are many options available to patients now which make the process of teeth straightening more discreet, quicker and a whole lot easier.

Take lingual braces as an example…

What are lingual braces?

Let’s start with the procedure used to fix lingual braces. Well, these are bespoke created permanent braces which are attached to the reverse side of the teeth with the result of making them a great discreet option.

Lingual braces are used to right a bad bite, which can occur as a consequence of tooth misalignment, as well as fix gaps and crowding. The braces apply permanent force to the teeth in order to shift them back to their desired position.

bracesSo, how do they differ from traditional braces? In lingual braces the bands, which are customised to fit each individual’s set of teeth, are attached onto the back of the teeth with dental cement whereas in conventional braces the brackets are attached onto the face of the teeth.

The obvious appeal is that the patient can have their smile improved without the concern of their appearance being noticeably affected with the teeth straightening procedure is being carried out.

Are there any downsides?

While lingual braces are a whole deal more discreet, it is worth being aware that they will cost more than traditional braces. Also, not all orthodontists are trained to fit them.

In addition, they are likely to take the wearer a good amount of time to get used to and are designed for grown-ups and teenagers seeking a discreet process. However, children whose teeth are still developing are not appropriate for treatment.

Is there anything else I should know?

portrait of a beauty woman model taken in the studioPlease be aware that there are a number of instructions for patients choosing to wear lingual braces following treatment.

The user must ensure they rinse their mouth with water and salt combined to avoid the initial discomfort, eat soft food during the couple of days of acclimatising to the lingual braces, clean your teeth after each eating session and ensure they have routine dental appointments.

Of course many of these recommendations would be given to any patient who is undergoing cosmetic dentistry but these pointers should ensure the process of getting used to lingual braces is a lot easier.

How long will it take before the results are seen?

As with traditional braces, the process will normally vary between patients and can take many years.

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