When you think of braces you probably think of wires on the front of the teeth that are designed to correct the alignment of your teeth. Many people feel self conscious of these orthodontic devices and this can affect their confidence, however lingual braces are here to save the day. Read on to find out more about how lingual braces can help you.
What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces are the same as normal braces, but the key difference is that they are placed behind the teeth and not on the front of them. This makes them much more pleasing to look at, because there is no visible plastic or metal protruding from the teeth. One of the biggest issues that people face when they have traditional braces is a constant feeling of thinking about how their braces look, lingual braces give people the opportunity to continue living a normal life without anyone having any idea that you have braces at all. This is extremely useful for those in professions where appearance is important.
Types Of Lingual Braces:
It is difficult to say exactly what type of lingual braces will be available to you because there are so many different types, however some common types of lingual braces are:
● 3M Incognito
How long do they take to work?
Lingual braces can take anywhere from one to three years to be effective in correcting your teeth, however most will be on a case by case basis, because no two sets of teeth are ever alike. The severity of problems will also dictate how long it could take and it is a good idea to discuss this with your orthodontist before starting any treatment.
Taking care of your lingual braces
Like any braces, lingual braces require extra care because they form an added complication in terms of the structure of the mouth and teeth and will mean that you need to brush more carefully and maybe even more often. Food can get caught in between the gaps in the braces causing a risk for, so you should have a comprehensive dental care routine to ensure that the increased risk does not translate into decay.
The other issue is that they are behind the teeth, which may make them harder to clean. A good idea is to have an additional toothbrush that is smaller that you can use to focus specifically on the braces and back of your teeth.