Adult patients are very concerned about their appearance during orthodontic treatment. They have been mulling over getting braces, but are worried that they’ll cramp their style. Metal braces and wires just don’t seem to go with much of anything! Still, you know that dental braces are a good thing; straight teeth are easier to clean and can help minimize the risk of tooth decay. Plus, you’re tired of covering your teeth every time you smile or laugh — you want a smile that you’re proud to show off.
So what’s the answer?
Lingual braces are the most invisible type of dental braces. As more grown-ups are taking interest in their appearance, lingual braces are gaining popularity. The demand for aesthetic solutions and refusal for traditional orthodontic treatment in adults for social or work reasons, is driving invisible braces (lingual orthodontics) to unprecedented popularity as people seek beautiful smiles without the obvious appearance of metal or ceramic brackets.
What makes lingual braces so unique is their placement: Unlike any other type of dental braces, lingual braces are placed behind your teeth. This positioning makes them essentially non-visible to others and the patient can undergo complete orthodontic treatment without suffering the cosmetic detraction.
The biggest advantage is, of course, cosmetic. With ceramic braces, the brackets are tooth-colored and look more natural, but the metal wire connecting the brackets is still visible. You won’t have that problem with lingual braces. In fact, someone would have to look pretty close at your mouth or from certain angles to see them.
There’s no doubt that braces are an investment of your time and money, but the benefits are worth it! As mentioned, the cost of lingual braces is generally more than traditional braces. Here’s why. The lingual braces are custom-made to your smile using CAD/CAM and robotic wire technologies. As with anything that’s custom-made or uses specialized technology, the associated costs tend to be higher. Treatments also tend to be more involved and timely than traditional braces because of this customization process.
NOT ALL ORTHODONTISTS HAVE AN INTEREST IN PROVIDING LINGUAL BRACES TREATMENT, SO LOCATING AN INVISIBLE BRACES PROVIDER MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE EFFORT.
IF YOU HAVE A JOB (PUBLIC FIGURE, MEDIA PERSONALITY, AIR HOSTESS, MODELING, HOTEL JOBS) THAT WOULD NOT ALLOW YOU TO HAVE REGULAR BRACES, OR IF YOU JUST DON’T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE UNDERGOING TREATMENT, CONSIDER LINGUAL BRACES.