Lingual braces are lesser-known orthodontic options and can be more practical and cosmetically appealing than traditional metal braces. Like some other types of braces, lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front, but there are a few differences in terms of fit, comfort, and discretion. This article will outline which factors should be considered before deciding if lingual braces are right for you.
What are Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces in that wires and brackets are still installed onto the teeth to repair misalignments. However, lingual braces differ because they are placed on the backsides of the teeth facing the tongue, instead of on the front surfaces of the teeth. This allows lingual braces to be almost completely invisible and a much more discreet option for orthodontic patients.
Benefits of Lingual Braces
Below are a few of the benefits of lingual braces:
- Less obvious than traditional metal braces
- Receiving the same benefits as traditional braces without the embarrassment of bulky braces, especially for adults
- Discolorations or white spots that may occur will be invisible once the braces come off
- Custom-fit for each patient, giving a higher level of comfort
With more and more patients asking about lingual braces, we think it’s important for patients to be informed. If you’re interested in lingual braces as an orthodontic solution for you or your child, please contact Garlock Orthodontics. During your orthodontic evaluation, we’ll be able to tell you if lingual braces are a good option for you.