Lingual Braces

All you want to know about lingual braces

Lingual braces are a new type of orthodontic treatment used to restore tooth alignment. Not many dental clinics offer lingual braces treatment since it is still a method of being newly adopted by most.

At Dr. F. Isaac Hakim dental clinic, we offer lingual braces for those people who are not comfortable with ordinary braces. Lingual braces are more convenient than regular braces in that they are placed behind the tooth. Being behind the tooth, the braces are invisible to others making you enjoy orthodontic treatment without everyone seeing the dental appliance. Lingual braces also offer great convenience to people engaging in a sport or those who play a musical instrument.

Since the appliance is placed behind the tooth, the wearer won’t have to adopt a new way of using the instrument or wearing a mouth guard. Visit us today and get some of the best orthodontic treatment with lingual braces.

Is everyone viable for lingual braces?

More than 3 million teenagers have braces today. Out of those, a very small number has lingual braces due to its low popularity. Also, you need to be physically viable for the procedure before treatment.

One of the things we consider before fitting lingual braces is the length of the teeth. The teeth are required to be long enough to hold the braces meaning lingual braces aren’t the best option for your child. Children and adults with small teeth may not have the adequate space for the lingual braces to hold on to. Lingual braces are also not ideal for people with excessive biting problems. Biting problems usually cause the teeth to be misaligned and could also be caused by an irregular jaw.

The best treatment for people with biting problems is normal braces or aligners.

Risks associated with lingual braces

Before our orthodontist can perform treatment with lingual braces, he must first take you through any risks and complications that can arise during treatment.

Generally, these risks can be easily mitigated through dental treatment. However, it is important to know of the risks in order to know how to act when you feel the effects. First of all, lingual braces can take longer to treat orthodontic issues as compared to regular braces. This makes them less effective in dental treatment. Talking with the lingual braces on may need some practice due to the position of the braces.

You will have to learn how to speak with the braces on for about a week before becoming good at it. Swallowing can also pose a problem since the tongue thrust will be difficult to perform.

Our dentist will train you in some of these activities to help you enjoy the experience of lingual braces.

Maintenance of lingual braces

Brushing as well as flossing daily is a must for lingual braces. We recommend regular dental hygiene since the position of the braces may limit proper cleaning.

You can use fluoride mouthwash to preserve the teeth and provide fluoride protection.

If you engage in any sports, it is always best to wear a mouthguard when having lingual braces.