Lingual orthodontics are metal brackets fixed to the inner side of the teeth. They’re completely hidden, so they’re a good choice for both children and adults who want to fix misalignments but are uncomfortable with the aesthetics of traditional braces.
But lingual orthodontics offers many other benefits. Below, we asked our experts at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics to explain why this novel approach to straightening teeth is worth considering and how it’s superior to traditional braces in several ways.
Lingual orthodontics move teeth in the same way traditional braces do: by applying pressure on the surface of the tooth. However, these brackets are hidden on the inner side of the teeth.
The design and the implementation of these braces are more complicated and require a higher level of skill, but the results and reduced discomfort are well worth it.
Due to the location of the brackets, you won’t experience any chaffing or sores on your lips or inside your mouth, as these brackets don’t face the lips or the inner cheeks.
Clear aligners are a blessing, but if you’re the type of person who tends to forget where they place their belongings, you may benefit more from fixed lingual orthodontics.
Clear aligners must be taken off each time a patient eats or drinks, so the trays can be easily lost, potentially increasing the cost of the treatment.
Therefore, lingual orthodontics may be useful for the treatment of misalignments in children and teenagers who want their braces to be discreet but don’t want to risk losing their braces during lunchtime at school, for example.
Clear aligners, another discreet orthodontic treatment option, are limited to mild or moderate misalignments. However, lingual orthodontics can address more severe misalignments.
In addition, unlike with traditional braces, the progress isn’t hidden by the brackets placed on the front of the teeth. You can see your smile improving as the treatment progresses.
Our experts have extensive experience treating misalignments in both children and adults, and provide a variety of orthodontic treatments, including lingual orthodontics, Invisalign, and traditional braces.
Depending on your needs and budget, our experts can help you find the right solution for your smile. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you.