When orthodontic treatment is complete, the teeth are straight and the patient smiles with confidence. However, getting to that point is socially uncomfortable for many people. That’s because a lot of folks feel embarrassed by having metal on their teeth. They’re constantly covering their mouths and hiding their smiles during the treatment process. Everybody loves the before and after pictures from orthodontic correction, but not everyone likes the way the mouth looks while treatment is going on.
However, orthodontic treatment doesn’t necessarily require visible braces. There are other options, such as lingual braces, where the hardware is virtually unseen.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are affixed to the back of the teeth, on the tongue side, more formally called the lingual side. They’re not standard braces and they’re not aligners. Symphony Orthodontics offers the Brius orthodontic technology, which is a patented approach that allows each tooth to move independently. Brius biomechanics are programmed to shift each tooth into an ideal position. With these devices, it’s easier to brush, floss and generally carry on with your life.
Do Lingual Braces Have Disadvantages?
Lingual braces aren’t for everybody. For example, patients with deep overbites may find that the brackets pop off. Braces are sometimes uncomfortable, and lingual braces can cause even a little more discomfort, at least at first.
Some patients will find that they lisp with lingual braces. That’s because the tongue is blocked from touching the teeth, which it needs to do to pronounce some consonants. Most people get used to the lingual braces, and their speech returns to normal.
In addition, lingual braces are more expensive than conventional braces.
Are Lingual Braces Right for Me?
Only an orthodontist can tell you whether you’re a good candidate for lingual braces. Dr. Heidari at our Symphony Orthodontics office will evaluate your teeth and help you determine which is the best orthodontic treatment for you, no matter what your stage of life.
For kids, Dr. Heidari recommends an orthodontic evaluation at about age seven. For teens, two phases of a treatment plan are prescribed, the first when there is still a mix of baby and adult teeth and the second when most adult teeth are in. For adults who either never began orthodontic treatment or never completed it, there are still options where orthodontics can improve their smile.
There’s no time like today to schedule your appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. We even offer virtual consultation; you start by sending us a picture of your teeth.