Pros and Cons of Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are perfect for people who do not want to show wires and supports from braces when they smile. Because lingual braces are placed on the interior side of the teeth instead of the outer wall, they are completely hidden from view but they perform the same function as regular braces.

The supports and wires for lingual braces are custom designed and placed using a 3D robotic guide that produces accurate results with the help of extremely precise cables. It’s also possible to achieve a uniform and gentle repositioning without risking the discoloration of teeth, even after removal.

Nowadays, it isn’t just teenagers that are opting for orthodontic treatment. With the inundation of ads and commercials telling us what we should watch and how to act, the world has produced a generation of highly self-conscious individuals. While the reasoning behind lingual braces might seem superficial, it actually isn’t when we think about the daily things that we already do to maintain a certain image. What’s important is that lingual braces contribute to oral health.

Having beautiful, aligned teeth with an adequate biting structure doesn’t only help you look nice, it helps your overall health. There are some things that we live with and can’t control, such as our height and color of our skin, but if you have crammed or crooked teeth with gaps in between or a misaligned bite structure, you can resolve it permanently with the help of an orthodontist.

Lingual braces can completely change your self esteem in an affordable, non-invasive and effective way, helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. Besides, it’s a great option for those who are constantly in the public eye, for example media related professionals, actors and models. Furthermore, there are specific advantages to using lingual braces:

  • They can build or recover self-esteem from an aesthetic standpoint

  • You can maintain a natural smile during the entire treatment

  • There is no age limit to use lingual braces

  • It takes the same amount of time to apply as traditional orthodontic braces

On the other side of the coin, there are also disadvantages in opting for lingual braces:

  • They are more difficult to clean

  • It can be a hindrance to flossing properly

  • Lingual braces can be a little more expensive than traditional ones

  • There is risk for the tongue to become stuck or entangled between the wires. It can also be the victim of cuts and scrapes from the supporting structures of the brace.

  • In terms of sensation, it does require a little more time getting used to. Not to mention becoming accustomed to brushing your teeth.

As an aside, it is not a good idea to wear piercings on the tongue or mouth regardless of your orthodontic preference. The simple reason is that using them can cause a slight lisp when you speak. However, the gravest reason is the risk of an oral infection and an increase in the number of cavity-causing bacteria. Like any orthodontic treatment, you may experience a few speech issues during your first few days while you get used to the wires and supports of the lingual brace in your mouth, but in general, lingual brackets are a perfect option to maintain a beautiful smile, you just need to pay more attention to your oral hygiene!

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