If you're considering getting orthodontic braces, but are hesitant because of the stigma of being a "metal mouth", you don't have to worry! There are many alternatives to traditional metal braces that are more visually appealing. Chances are you've already heard about Invisalign, but if you're not sure about putting in the effort to replace the trays every so often or if your orthodontist has declared that your smile needs more improvement than clear braces can offer, lingual braces may be right for you.
What are lingual braces?
The term "lingual" refers to the inside surface of the tooth that faces the tongue. Lingual braces are attached to that surface, unlike traditional braces that are fixed to the outside of the teeth. With the braces secured on the inner surface, it makes them virtually invisible and provides great orthodontic treatment with a cosmetic appeal to boot.
Why choose lingual braces?
If you're not comfortable with wearing traditional braces and wouldn't feel confident in your appearance, lingual braces are a perfect alternative. If your work requires you to present frequently to audiences or clients and you want to maintain a professional image while working towards a great smile, you should consider lingual braces. Dr. Tanya Vaysman, a NYC orthodontist who specializes in lingual braces, can evaluate your needs and help you decide if this method of orthodontic treatment is right for your lifestyle.
The only disadvantage is that it's common among patients to have difficulty adjusting to this type of braces because of the hardware's position near the tongue. Some people have trouble swallowing and properly cleaning their teeth because it's hard to see if there are any food particles leftover after brushing. These troubles can be eased by keeping all appointments with your orthodontist.