Lingual braces are a form of orthodontic treatment placed behind the teeth, by the tongue and the palate, rather than on the front of the teeth. This form of treatment may be perfect for your oral healthcare needs, especially if you’re interested in making a change to your smile without any obvious signs.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), more than 33 percent of people in the U.S. are unhappy with their smile. Having the perfect smile doesn’t mean you have to undergo extensive, painful treatment. With the forms of treatment available today, making a change has never been easier.
Lingual Braces or iBraces
Lingual braces also known as iBraces, are a specific type of orthodontic treatment, able to be completely customized. Each bracket is made using top-quality technology, designed to fit each tooth in your mouth.
Unlike metal braces or other forms of treatment, having many checkups with your orthodontist will not be necessary, as there are less wire adjustments. Being able to schedule fewer visits means you will have complete care and more time to do what you need to do, when you need to do it. In addition, each bracket is made using gold, eliminating the need for nickel, which some patients may be allergic to.
iBraces also eliminate an issue many brace wearers worry about, the appearance of their teeth once the treatment is removed. Unlike traditional braces that may leave behind residual effects such as damage or decalcification iBraces are fitted to the backside of the teeth, displaying no after-effects if incurred. Since these are placed on the inside of your teeth, the front of your teeth will appear just as they were before.
Although some wearers may have difficulty speaking after being fitted with treatment, rest assured that this will dissipate within a short amount of time as your mouth becomes used to the braces.
A recent study found that 82 percent of wearers felt their speech returned to normal within a month of being fitted with treatment.
Wearing Lingual Braces
Once it is determined that you are a good fit for this type of treatment, there are a few simple rules to follow to ensure your teeth are kept in prime condition. These include:
- Brushing twice daily, or even more frequently, for best results. Although the treatment is behind the teeth, it can still have an effect on their overall health. If food becomes stuck in the braces, it can cause plaque buildup and other serious issues over time.
- Using an oral irrigation system to flush out food debris that may be left behind.
- Flossing daily. As the teeth begin to shift during treatment, be sure to floss between the spaces that are newly forming or will be.
If you’re interested in learning more about lingual braces, or another form of orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman today. Visit our website to learn more.