Lingual braces use the same straightening method as traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces, however, they are placed behind the teeth on the inside surface. This allows them to be much less noticeable than traditional braces, while still effectively aligning the teeth.
Benefits of Lingual Braces
Due to their placement, lingual braces tend to be invisible. The primary reason for using lingual braces is for aesthetic purposes. However, they also have other benefits. Lingual braces may be ideal for individuals who play sports, especially contact sports, because the inside of their mouth may be damaged when playing sports with braces.
Cons of Lingual Braces
Though lingual braces can help eliminate the stereotypical “brace-face” bullying, they do have their drawbacks. Lingual braces can be more difficult to adjust, which will result in longer orthodontic appointments. They can affect the individual’s speech, because they are placed where the tongue often hits to produce sound. They also tend to be more expensive than traditional braces, because they require custom-made brackets.
There are many options for straightening your teeth. Here at Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic, we can help you determine the ideal method for you. Your preferences and the amount of work your teeth need done will impact the right choice. To learn more, contact us today!