What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces work similar to traditional braces except that that go behind the teeth. They act in a way the provides pressure against the teeth to help them shift in position. The process can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months, depending on the patient and severity of required treatment.
The process of this treatment is taking an impression of the teeth. These impressions are then sent to a laboratory where the bracket are created for a custom fit to the individuals teeth. It can take approximately six weeks for the brackets to be sent back to the orthodontist to be applied to the patients teeth.
Why Lingual Braces?
As opposed to traditional braces, they allows for a more discreet form of treatment. The braces are less visible as they are formed to the back of the teeth instead of the front. Besides cosmetic appearance lingual braces can involve more demanding treatment and requires different certifications. Not all orthodontist can apply lingual braces to their patients. Generally the costs of these braces can be upwards of $5000. The American Lingual Association of Orthodontics can provide orthodontist committed to this treatment.
What are the Types of Lingual Braces
The types can very, and often change between orthodontist and patient preferences. Seek assistance from your provider to determine the options that are available for you. Various brands can change how the braces fit and are applied to the patient. A few different types are as follows:
Care for this treatment is very important. The braces are less visible, however if you take proper precautions the risks are limited. Follow some of the following steps when caring for your teeth.
- Brush twice a day for at least two minutes
- Brush gum lines and teeth with soft bristles
- Floss Daily
- Flush your mouth with oral irrigation device
- Rinse with fluoride