Lingual Braces: What Are They & What Benefits Do They Come With?

If you want to have your teeth straightened or other realigned, there are plenty of options that your orthodontist will be able to present you with, and one that you might not have previously heard of is lingual braces. In many ways, they are exactly like traditional fixed braces – the difference is that they are attached along the back of the teeth rather than along the front.

So, what are the advantages that come along with wearing them?

Extremely Discrete

The most obvious benefit that comes with opting for lingual braces is that they aren't very easy to spot. It wouldn't be fair to say that they are invisible since they may be seen very slightly if someone is close to you, but they are largely hidden from view. Even Invisalign trays are more conspicuous since they often require connectors and need to be fitted across both sides of the teeth. If you want to go on a date or present your work at an important meeting, you won't need to feel embarrassed about wearing braces when you go with lingual ones.

Leave No Visible Marks

One of the potential problems that comes with wearing traditional fixed braces is finding that marks are left when the braces are removed. Since a metal attachment will have been fixed to a portion of each tooth, it's possible that eating and drinking the wrong things will have slightly stained the surrounding area to leave a noticeable white square when the braces are removed. This is something that can also be a problem with Invisalign tray since they often require attachments to the teeth.

Those colour discrepancies can be very hard to correct, but they won't be something that you need to worry about with lingual braces since any white spots that are made will be hidden from view. You'll be able to drink coffee or eat berries without having to worry about uneven staining.

Precise Control

Finally, lingual braces come with the benefit of very precise control over tooth movement. This is a benefit shared with traditional braces, but it isn't something you can expect when you go with Invisalign. Since lingual braces are fixed they can be used to treat almost every orthodontic problem, and orthodontists can often produce more effective and more predictable results since each tooth will have an anchor point and the braces won't be removed at all during treatment.

About Me

Dealing with Dental Braces

Yo! My name is Sarah. I live in Syndey, Australia. A couple of years ago, I was fitted with dental braces. I was 21 years old at the time and I hated the idea of wearing braces. However, my dentist was really good at explaining why it was a good idea to have the treatment. It felt a little strange at first but as time went by, I got used to wearing my braces. On follow-up visits, my dentist would check that I had been properly cleaning and caring for my braces. I decided to start this blog to offer advice to other brace wearers.



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