When it comes to getting your teeth straightened, there is an array of choices available. Even so, many people have never heard of lingual braces. What are they and how are they different from other methods of straightening teeth? Over four million people currently wear some form of braces or appliances to straighten their teeth, and around 25 percent of them are adults.
These braces take their name because they are found behind the teeth, next to the tongue, instead of on the front. This makes them a nice alternative for anyone wanting their teeth straightened without their braces being noticed.
How Lingual Braces Work
The process of having your lingual braces fitted is fairly straightforward. First, we will take an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a lab to form customized brackets. Once this process is complete, we can set your braces into place on the back surfaces of your teeth.
One similarity between lingual braces and conventional braces is that the process works through the application of gentle, continuous pressure on your teeth to slowly guide them into their proper place. Straightening your teeth with lingual braces can take from 18 to 36 months, based upon your bite or how overcrowded your teeth are currently.
Lingual braces do have some special requirements. Since they are custom-made, the treatment process can be more complex. However, for many people, it is worth it so that their braces remain unobtrusive to observers.
Types of Lingual Braces
There are several different types and brands of these braces, depending upon our recommendations and your own individual preference. Each works in the same manner, but differ in their design and the particular way they are attached and affixed to your teeth.
Taking Care of Your Lingual Braces
Like all orthodontic appliances, proper oral hygiene is important in preventing tooth decay or gingivitis. This is why you should brush at least twice daily for a minimum of two minutes. Be sure to use a gentle, soft-rounded brush when brushing around your sensitive gum line.
You can also help care for your braces by flossing every day to remove food debris and plaque that can form between your teeth. An oral irrigation device can also be used for flushing out food between your teeth and brackets.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Appointment Today
With three different offices in Dallas, Ragan Orthodontics wants to help you smile brighter. If you want to straighten your teeth but are concerned about others knowing about it, lingual braces may be perfect for you. Contact us today to book an appointment to learn more.