Ladera Ranch, CA – With nearly one in five orthodontic patients being over the age of 18, there is an increased demand in aesthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment options. And that means there are more orthodontists offering even more options that ever before.
One option that is increasing in popularity is lingual braces. These braces are unique because, while they are made of metal like traditional braces, they fit along the tongue side of the teeth. That means they are invisible to others, so you can get a straight smile without anyone even knowing you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
InBrace is one of the newest advancements in lingual braces. It can treat a host of malocclusions, even many severe malocclusions, discreetly. InBrace has married the effectiveness of traditional metal braces with the ease and comfort of clear aligners.
So, how does it work? InBrace uses an archwire anchored to brackets on the teeth to guide the teeth, just like traditional braces. However, InBrace doesn’t use elastic ties, but rather a clip to hold the wire in place. This makes it much easier for the orthodontist to insert the wires.
InBrace uses customized wires that are programmed to fit your smile – meaning you can have the most highly customized treatment around. Your wires will be pre-formed for your specific case. You won’t need to visit the orthodontist regularly for wire changes because InBrace utilizes only about three wire changes to achieve your ideal smile. These space age memory wires perfect your smile, while placing less friction on your teeth for a more comfortable, and discreet, experience.
One of the most significant drawbacks to more traditional lingual braces has been the difficulty in keeping the brackets clean. The location alone can make brushing and flossing difficult, but with InBrace, there is no need to worry about the added time it will take to keep your smile fresh and clean. The wires are created with special loops in them that make flossing as easy as before treatment. The brackets are also the smallest on the market, making them easy to brush around.
InBrace can be an attractive option for many patients who are looking for a more cosmetically appealing way to straighten their smiles. Unlike Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about wearing aligners 22 hours a day because the brackets are always in place, even though no one can see them.
There are a couple of drawbacks to lingual braces, however.
First, because of their placement, there is a period of adjustment to get used to them. Your tongue will need a week or so to adjust to the braces – to not only in regards to comfort and eating, but also speaking. Your tongue needs to make contact with the back of your teeth to make certain sounds, so there a bit of time will be needed to adjust to the braces.
Second, you will need to adjust your diet to prevent damage to the brackets. Avoid hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy foods to ensure brackets don’t get broken or wires damaged.
If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing way to get the smile of your dreams, InBrace lingual braces may be the answer. Call Ladera Ranch Orthodontics today at 949-272-8782 to learn more.