Lingual System Braces
Braces traditionally are made from brackets and wires that stretch across the front of your teeth. However, lingual braces are different. While they still use brackets and wires, they are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front. At Gross Orthodontics, we have worked with a number of patients who wanted lingual braces. In many cases, they are an option, and they work just as well as traditional braces.
Why Get Lingual Braces?
At Gross Orthodontics, we use Incognito lingual braces. Lingual braces work exactly the same as traditional braces. They exert pressure on your teeth, slowly moving them into alignment. You will still need to come in to see us regularly to have the braces adjusted and to make certain that your teeth are shifting as they should. You will also have to be careful when flossing and have some dietary restrictions, though it is typically harder to get food stuck in lingual braces since they are on the backside of your teeth.
Besides this benefit, the main reason people get lingual braces is because they are less noticeable. While some traditional braces options such as ceramic braces are harder to see, they still involve wires running across the front of your teeth. This may make you self-conscious. Many people with braces find that they don’t smile as often or feel embarrassed when someone mentions the orthodontic appliance. Lingual braces remove this concern. They are very difficult to see, and many will not realize you even have braces.
Are There Any Downsides to Lingual Braces?
There are a few factors that you will want to consider before getting lingual braces. The first is that they do typically cost more and may take a little longer to properly align your teeth. You may also feel more discomfort early on, and it may take a little more time to adjust to wearing lingual braces.
The biggest concern, however, is that lingual braces can cause you to speak with a lisp while they are in place. The reason for this is that your tongue touches the back of your front teeth when you make specific sounds. With lingual braces, your tongue will hit the metal first, causing you to lisp. The good news is that you can adjust to speaking while wearing lingual braces. Many of our patients have adapted to speaking within a month or so of having their lingual braces placed. We can provide you with some speech exercises that will help you overcome this lisp.
Who Should Get Incognito Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are not a good fit for everyone. For example, they are not a good solution for those with an extreme overbite because the brackets are likely to pop off more easily. However, the only true way to tell if you are a good candidate for this type of orthodontic appliance is for you to come in and have an exam. The team here at Gross Orthodontics can let you know if lingual braces will work for you and prepare a treatment plan that will realign your teeth and give you the smile you want. Call 915-751-7779 today to schedule an appointment.