Ladera Ranch, CA – There are many options when it comes to braces and many people are turning to more cosmetically pleasing options. One such option is lingual braces – metal braces with an interesting twist.
“Lingual braces generally look just like standard metal braces, however, they fit along the tongue, or lingual side of a patient’s teeth,” says Dr. Robert Gire of Ladera Orthodontics. “This renders them almost completely invisible to others.”
Lingual braces are unique because each bracket is custom created. Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian will take a digital scan of the mouth and then send those files to a lab where a custom set of brackets will be fabricated. But just like traditional braces, the brackets will be paired with wires that will apply a constant pressure to the teeth to guide them to their proper locations.
Lingual braces can be a great option for some patients but there are some drawbacks that orthodontic patients should be aware of.
First, lingual braces tend to be more costly than traditional braces. This is because each bracket and/or wire will be custom created just for your teeth. Due to this customization, lingual braces tend to be slightly higher in cost.
Additionally, depending on your bite, you may not be the right candidate for lingual braces. Because they fit along the tongue side of the teeth, you could damage them when you bite down. Patients in lingual braces may have more check-ups with their orthodontists to ensure the brackets are still properly adhered to the teeth and the braces are working properly.
No matter which braces option you choose, there is a bit of an adjustment period for the first few days and weeks. Because of where lingual braces are located you may notice your speech may be impacted. Spend a bit of time practicing talking so your tongue can get used to where it needs to place itself to accommodate the braces.
You’ll need to alter your diet, just as you would in standard metal braces. Anything too hard, sticky, crunchy, or chewy can damage the brackets. And you’ll also need to pay extra attention to your oral care during your time in orthodontic treatment. As with all braces, patients will need to brush and floss at least twice a day using a toothbrush to properly clean in and around the brackets.
“No matter which types of braces you choose, there is an adjustment period and no option is without its own downsides,” says Dr. Reza Salmassian. “But, Dr. Gire and I work extremely hard to ensure each patient receives the treatment that is best for his or her individual issue and lifestyle. Lingual braces may have some drawbacks, but they can be a wonderful option for orthodontic patients looking for an inconspicuous way to straighten their teeth.”
To learn more about lingual braces, call Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian at Ladera Orthodontics today, 949-272-8782.