Ever wanted the orthodontic power of a standard brace without the lack of discretion?
If you are an adult with misaligned teeth, then this thought has probably crossed your mind more than once. Luckily, even if you have a more complex case of orthodontic misalignment, you can still straighten your teeth without wearing a metal brace. How? By asking your dentist about your suitability for lingual braces.
Attached to the back of your teeth, lingual braces are composed of metal brackets and an archwire, making them quite similar to regular braces. You will need to have them tightened, by your orthodontist Stoke-on-Trent, typically every 6-8 weeks, depending on the severity of your misalignment.
So, with that out of the way, what are some of the key advantages of wearing this kind of brace? Are they suitable for correcting your kind of dental issue? Read on to find out.
As this brace is fitted, it can correct a wider range of orthodontic issues than an aligner. Issues like crooked teeth, rotation issues, severe over and underbites can all be corrected using a lingual brace without issue.
This was mentioned before, but a lingual brace is the height of discretion.
If you do not believe it, think back to photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton; could you tell they were wearing this brace? Since a lingual brace is out of sight, behind your teeth, no one except you and your dentist, will know they are there.
You may have heard of modern-day aligners that are custom-fitted to the teeth and slot over them like a mouthguard. While that is great, if you have a more complex misalignment, such as needing to rotate teeth, you may need to look for an alternate kind of treatment. Although a brace may not seem customisable in the same way, it is quite the contrary. Your dentist and orthodontic team will be able to customise the fitting of your lingual brace so it is as comfortable as possible. You will probably feel slight discomfort after each tightening but, after all, there is no such thing as a comfortable brace or aligner!
The results of wearing a lingual brace are similar to those found when you wear a traditional orthodontic brace. Assuming you wear the retainer once the brace is off, you will have a straighter smile that will last a lifetime. And with an over 96% success rate of teeth retention 10 years after treatment, that is great news!
Okay, so while wearing a fitted brace may not sound like a great thing, studies have found that the wearing of removable braces and aligners can, in some cases, delay treatments. Why? Because the power of removing the aligner falls to the patient, who may forget to put it back in their mouth for long periods, thus delaying the process.
So, by wearing a fitted brace, you can ensure that your treatment time will run smoothly and that you will have no impact on obtaining that gorgeous smile that you deserve.