If you have teeth that need orthodontic work, then you are probably at least somewhat familiar with dental braces. You probably know somebody who either has dental braces or has had them in the past. With over four million Americans currently electing to improve the appearance of their smile with dental braces, nearly twenty percent of them are adults. What does that mean for you?
Some patients simply cannot get traditional dental braces done because they must present a professional appearance at work or in social settings. For these patients, we here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry like to recommend a special type of dental braces known as lingual braces, allowing them to improve their smile and their bite discreetly.
What are Lingual Braces and What are Their Advantages?
Traditional dental braces consist of two major components, the metal brackets that attach directly to your teeth and the wires that we string between them to help adjust your teeth. They are highly beneficial for many of our patients who may have a combination of cosmetic concerns and serious bite issues due to poorly aligned teeth.
The concept of dental alignment has been around for hundreds of years, but it was not until the 1970s that they took off and became the devices that we know them as today. However, today's braces have advanced in leaps and bounds over those from just mere decades ago.
Lingual braces allow us to adjust the appearance and alignment of your teeth, but without needing to share this knowledge with the rest of the population. While they still consist of a series of metal brackets and wires, they are placed in the lingual side of your teeth. That means that instead of being placed on the front of your teeth, where everyone can see them, we will put them on the back of your teeth, on the tongue side. This gives us the ability to give you much of the benefits of traditional braces but without an unsightly array of metal on display in your mouth.
Lingual braces are a great option for many patients. Because traditional orthodontic treatment with braces can often take up to three years, placing it on the backside of your teeth makes it more subtle. Any spots of discoloration that can arise from the placement of the brackets are therefore hidden on the back of your teeth, not out in public where people can see it. They are also highly effective, treating a wide variety of bite and alignment issues like overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite, crowded teeth, and uneven gaps and spaces between your teeth.
It may take a little bit of time to adapt to lingual braces. Just like traditional braces, you will need to be careful to make sure you keep your teeth clean to prevent tooth decay. We also recommend that you avoid certain foods, as they can damage the braces or get stuck in the brackets and wires. Your tongue may become abraded at first since it will bump against the braces in the beginning, but it will stop being irritated over time as you get used to them.
Want To Know More?
Lingual braces are an excellent option for many of our patients, combining effective treatment with discretion. To learn more about them, or to set up an appointment with us here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry, please give us a call today at (281) 942-0444.