New York City professionals with misaligned teeth face a dilemma: Either have a bad smile that could push people away, or get braces that may make you look immature. Many people are not aware of the fact that there are more types of braces than just the metal brackets with colorful rubber bands worn by children and teens. There are barely visible and invisible braces options for adults — like lingual braces — that can effectively straighten teeth, while allowing the wearer to maintain a mature and professional appearance.
Lingual braces are very similar to traditional metal braces with the exception that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of the teeth. They are almost impossible to see unless someone looks inside your mouth. This option is appropriate for many patients, and because they are always on, unlike clear aligners, the appliances are always working toward the goal of straightening your teeth.
Like all orthodontic procedures, there are a few drawbacks which all patients should be aware of. Lingual braces may irritate the tongue, and some wearers report that they have a hard time speaking for the first few days after they receive the appliance.
It is important to note that only orthodontists with special training can apply lingual braces to your teeth. There are very few New York City orthodontists with this training, but Dr. Tanya Vaysman is one. The staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about invisible braces or other options. Contact us today!