Lingual braces are becoming a more popular option for orthodontic treatment as they have practical and cosmetic benefits when compared to alternative braces. But what other advantages as well as disadvantages do lingual braces have? Let's find out...
Advantages of Lingual Braces
The most significant advantage many patients find with lingual braces is the ability to be more discreet when correcting their teeth. For adults, in particular, wearing bulky metal braces are not always as popular. So having them hidden behind the teeth gives patients access to all the benefits of metal braces without being as obvious.
Besides being virtually invisible braces, lingual braces are just as efficient as other options when it comes to complex misalignments, including correcting rotations, closing gaps due to extractions or evening out the height of teeth. Also, any discoloration or white spots resulting from wearing braces will be on the inside of the teeth rather than the outside as with traditional braces. Lingual braces are also custom fit for every patient, which can give a higher level of comfort.
Disadvantages of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces may create some issues for patients with an extreme or deep overbite. This is because the overbite may exert too much pressure on the brackets on the back of the teeth and cause them to detach too easily. Your orthodontist can tell you if this will be a problem in your case.
Lingual braces can also cause some difficulties with speech, especially while patients are still adjusting after the brackets are placed. Since the braces are on the backs of your teeth, it may feel a little unusual at first. You might have a lisp until you become accustomed to them because your tongue makes contact with the back of your teeth when you articulate. This effect will usually go away with time.
As with most braces, some discomfort or sores may develop. In the case of lingual braces, the soreness is mostly felt on the tongue particularly while eating or speaking. However, the irritation will decrease the longer you wear the braces.
So, now you know a few advantages and disadvantages of lingual braces. But what if you need some? Well, make sure to get in touch with Oldham Orthodontics today at 0161 768 0931 for more information.