What Are Lingual Braces?

Lingual BracesWhat Are Lingual Braces?

Contrary to the belief held by people that metal braces are your only option when you want to get your teeth straightened, there are actually other options you can choose from, including lingual braces.

Lingual Braces

Unlike conventional metal braces which utilize brackets and wires which are placed on the front surface of the teeth, lingual braces are placed behind the teeth. This eliminates one of the common hassles associated with wearing traditional braces: the awkwardness of being seen with wires and brackets in your mouth. The wires and brackets are essentially hidden and it can be practically impossible to know if a person is wearing this type of braces.

Lingual braces operate under the same principles as conventional braces: gentle and continuous pressure is applied to the teeth. This pressure slowly shifts the teeth toward the desired position. For lingual braces, treatment can last between 18 to 36 months, depending on the severity of the patient’s problem.

Lingual Braces Manufacturer

Although there are several options you can choose from when it comes to the manufacturer of lingual braces, essentially, all of these function the same way. The key difference lies in how one manufacturer designs their braces and how these are attached to the teeth. Your choice of brand of lingual braces to use will depend on your preference as well as the recommendation of your dentist.

Before these braces are installed, your dentist needs to take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to a laboratory which will fabricate your customized brackets. This process typically takes about six weeks to complete. Once the brackets have been fabricated, your dentist will cement these on the back surface of your teeth.

What to Consider When Wearing An Orthodontic Appliance 

Wearing any type of orthodontic appliance requires diligent adherence to good oral hygiene practices in order to prevent the onset of both gingivitis and tooth decay. If you are planning to wear lingual braces, it is essential that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, using a soft round bristle toothbrush. Special attention should be given to the teeth and gumline. It is also highly recommended that you floss your teeth daily in order to remove plaque and food debris trapped between the teeth. You may also use an oral irrigation device to remove food debris that have been trapped between the brackets and your teeth.

Be aware that like conventional braces, lingual braces can also irritate your mouth, specifically the tongue. In order to prevent this, you may apply wax on the brackets installed on the lower teeth. Some patients also report that wearing lingual braces has made their speech and enunciation difficult. This problem can be easily overcome with practice.

Are you interested in more information about braces? Contact the friendly dentists at Nicholas Dental Care in Burtonsville. Take the first step to a more confident smile.