Many patients need significant teeth straightening, but dread the thought of prominent metal on their teeth. Lingual braces are a great way around that problem, as the brackets and wires are on the back of your teeth instead of on the front. Book your lingual braces consultation with trusted local orthodontist Howard Spector, DDS, at Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago online or by phone now.
Lingual braces are metal braces that are attached to the back of your teeth, rather than on the front of your teeth as usual. Lingual braces are the only kind of traditional braces that are totally concealed. They work in much the same way that regular metal braces do: the brackets and wires apply consistent light pressure to gradually shift your teeth.
If you're looking for a less-obvious way to straighten your teeth, you might be a great candidate for lingual braces. You'll be the only one who even knows that you have braces, as they're totally hidden behind your teeth.
If you participate in sports regularly, lingual braces can be a good choice because you won't have to worry about mouth damage from braces in a collision. If you play a musical instrument such as the flute, lingual braces may be a more comfortable option than traditional braces.
Lingual braces can be a good option for both teens and adults. In general, most traditional braces candidates can be treated with lingual braces.
How long you'll wear lingual braces really depends on your specific concerns and issues. Adults generally wear braces for 18 months to three years, but it may take less time for teens. The American Lingual Orthodontic Association says that lingual braces treatment can sometimes take longer than traditional braces treatment, but it depends on your specific situation.
Dr. Spector gives you a general idea of how long you’ll wear lingual braces when you begin treatment. It could take as little as a year to straighten your teeth, but it could take up to three years if you have severe alignment problems.
Taking care of lingual braces is different than caring for traditional braces. Brushing takes extra time because it’s difficult to see the brackets and wires clearly sometimes.
Dr. Spector will give you some tips for flossing. You might use a floss threader that makes it easier to move dental floss around the brackets and wires safely. A water flosser device may also be helpful with lingual braces, but doesn’t replace regular flossing.
To find out more about lingual braces, book your appointment online or by phone now.