Statistically, people with straight teeth are often perceived as being smarter, more successful, more trustworthy, healthier, and more attractive. In reality, many adults suffer from crooked teeth but do not want the expense and discomfort of traditional metal braces. A variety of invisible tooth-straightening methods is now available, such as iBraces.
What are iBraces?
iBraces, or Incognito braces, are a type of customized metal braces that are attached to the back of the teeth, a type of braces often referred to as “lingual” braces because it faces the tongue. The braces are not visible and do not have to be regularly removed and reinserted. The patient can eat, drink, and talk while wearing them.
Most adults and adolescents can successfully straighten their teeth with lingual braces. They are effective for correcting most teeth positioning problems, including:
- Overbites and underbites
- Tooth crowding
- Excessive space between teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Mild to severely crooked teeth
- Diastema closure (closing a large space between the upper front teeth)
Some patients are not good candidates for lingual braces. Patients with a deep vertical overbite may place excessive pressure on lingual braces and accidentally dislodge them. Patients with very short crowns may not be able to be fitted with lingual braces, as the teeth have to be long enough to allow the appliance sufficient space to clear the gums.
Those with multiple dental prostheses may also be difficult to fit with lingual braces. As with the application of other braces, lingual braces make cleaning the teeth more difficult. Patients with inconsistent oral hygiene or periodontal disease may not be approved for lingual braces.
Difficulties with Speech
The most common and persistent problem that people encounter with lingual braces is difficulty in speaking clearly. Many people find that they lisp or make odd whistling noises when trying to speak shortly after application of their braces, but most can adapt quickly to the braces and can soon speak normally. However, around 20 percent of patients continue to have minor speech difficulties when wearing lingual braces.
If a patient is planning to give a big speech or presentation soon, it might be best to wait until after the event before having iBraces applied. Individuals who depend upon a good speaking voice for their livelihood (e.g., newscasters, actors) may want to consider a different method of straightening their teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, we offer iBraces and other orthodontic treatments to help you get a perfect smile. Doctor Michael Ragan will work with you to determine the most effective orthodontic treatment for your individual needs. Contact Ragan Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation.