Types of Braces: Lingual Braces

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types of braces - lingual braces

Parkcrest Dental Group is a cutting-edge general dentistry office in Springfield, MO, and we are proud to provide our clients with several different options for braces. Among the many types of braces we offer, lingual braces are a popular choice for individuals wanting a more covert teeth-straightening method.

What are Lingual Braces?

Simply put, lingual braces are braces that are hidden behind the teeth. The main cosmetic benefit of this type of braces is that they are “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth and each metal bracket is created uniquely for you. Most people will wear lingual braces anywhere from 18-36 months, but the treatment period will vary based on your oral needs.

How do Lingual Braces Differ from Other Types of Braces?

Cosmetics

Some people prefer lingual braces purely for cosmetic purposes. If your dentist recommends braces as a viable option for you but you prefer a less visible solution, lingual braces might be a good choice for you.

Custom made

Unlike other types of braces, such as the traditional metal brackets, lingual braces are custom made to fit each tooth individually.

Cost

Since advanced customization is required and the dentist often needs to have additional training or expertise, lingual braces are often more expensive than traditional metal braces.

Speech

At first, it can be difficult to enunciate or speak normally with lingual braces. But with time, you will be able to speak normally again without additional effort. It just takes some getting used to.

Although there are several characteristics that set lingual braces apart from other types of braces, there are still some commonalities that will remain will all types of braces.

Oral discomfort

As with any kind of braces, there will be some minor oral discomfort. Many people with lingual braces complain of minor tongue irritation. If you find yourself in the same boat after getting lingual braces, your dentist can provide you with oral wax which can be applied to the lower teeth to alleviate your discomfort.

Careful oral hygiene is required

Oral hygiene is a vital part of your overall oral health, even if you don’t have braces. But with lingual braces, it is even more important to remain vigilant with your hygiene practices. Remember to thoroughly brush twice daily and floss consistently to remove any food debris that may get caught between the brackets. This will also help prevent tooth decay and plaque buildup between brackets. Ask your dentist about specialty cleaning tools to help you keep your teeth clean while wearing lingual braces.

Are Lingual Braces Right for Me?

According to Humana, more than 4 million individuals in the U.S. currently wear braces. And of those 4 million, 25 percent of them are adults. Oftentimes, adults will choose a less visible form of braces, such as lingual braces, to minimize the attention called to their mouth by metal brackets. Lingual braces are also a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors and actresses, musicians who play wind instruments and adult professionals.

Still not sure if lingual braces are right for you? The best thing you can do is to talk to a dentist at Parkcrest Dental Group. We specialize in orthodontic dentistry and have the necessary expertise to help you navigate all the available types of braces and determine which is the best choice for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started with your braces treatment plan.

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