What are the pros and cons of lingual braces?
Lingual braces are quite a popular form of orthodontic treatment, mainly because they are fitted to the back of your teeth making them nearly invisible. Despite this, lingual braces work in the same way as traditional braces: they work to slowly move teeth through the constant application of gentle pressure on your teeth.
If you require an effective and efficient method to straighten your teeth but are unsure about what to get, have a look at our list of pros and cons of lingual braces:
The Pros of Lingual Braces
- Nearly invisible: One of the major pros of lingual braces is the fact that they are practically invisible since they’re fitted to the back of your teeth. Unless someone is closely observing you speak or laugh, chances are that no one will even notice that you have braces. Most people are often worried about the aesthetics of wearing braces, which can be a deterrent to getting the orthodontic help you need. With lingual braces, this worry is more or less eliminated and you can get straighter teeth quickly, efficiently, and without anyone even really noticing.
- No discolouration: Cleaning your teeth when you have braces can be difficult and is made even more difficult when you have lingual braces. Food tends to get stuck in the braces and plaque can easily accumulate in the hard to reach spaces of your teeth and braces which can cause discolouration (from the colour of the food and white/grey spots which form when plaque is allowed to build up). Since lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth, any discolouration that might occur will do so on the back of your teeth (provided you clean the front of your teeth properly) and won’t be visible when your braces eventually come off.
- Effective: Lingual braces are one of the most effective ‘invisible’ orthodontic treatments available. Unlike treatments such as clear aligners, lingual braces (like traditional braces) are bonded to your teeth meaning that they can’t be removed and are working all the time even when eating or cleaning. This results in constant pressure being applied to your teeth to move them effectively and quickly. This could lead to a quicker treatment time.
- Can treat many issues: As with traditional braces, lingual braces are designed to treat a number of dental issues which means you will most likely qualify for the treatment. They are also suitable for any age, from children to adults, and can work to effectively correct a number of orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth and a misaligned bite.
The Cons of Lingual Braces
- Discomfort: Many patients have complained of experiencing tongue pain with lingual braces since the braces are the back of the teeth and thus have more contact with the tongue. Despite being designed with smaller brackets, this pain and discomfort may not completely go away.
- Difficulty cleaning: Whilst it’s great that the braces are attached to the back of your teeth for visibility reasons, this also makes cleaning much more difficult. With braces at the front of your teeth, you are better able to determine if food has gotten lodged in your teeth for easier cleaning. Being able to see your braces makes cleaning your teeth much easier which can help you avoid plaque build-up and the related dental issues that occur from this.
- More chair time: Lingual braces are not only harder for you to clean, they are also more difficult for your dentist to clean. The position of the braces requires more time and care when performing a regular dental cleaning so that your dentist can reach all surfaces of your teeth to effectively clean dirt and plaque. Thanks to their position, it also takes orthodontists more time to tighten and readjust your lingual braces without hurting you or missing anything.
- More costly: Lingual braces are a very popular form of orthodontic treatment for many thanks to its extremely low visibility however it is one of the more expensive teeth straightening options. You will need to visit an orthodontist who is trained and has experience with fitting and maintaining lingual braces and with all the extra time required for cleaning and maintenance, you will have more costs than with traditional braces. This also means that you will need to find an orthodontist who can fit your lingual braces which could mean going to a dentist out of town.
- Dietary limitations: Unlike clear aligners such as Invisalign, lingual braces can’t be removed for eating which means you will need to avoid certain foods and snacks to prevent any damage.
Lingual braces are popular but can be expensive and require more care and time than traditional braces and Invisalign. If you are a suitable candidate for them and would like an inconspicuous way to straighten your teeth, then lingual braces are the way to go to give you that straight and happy you smile you’ve been wanting.
Want to know more about lingual braces?
Speak to one of the trained professionals at AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane to learn more about lingual braces and how it can help you straighten your teeth. Book an appointment with us by calling 07 3325 0255 or Contact Us here.