Lingual braces were first developed in the 1980s, and several brands are available. They are similar to conventional metal braces, but the brackets and wires are designed to attach to the backs, or tongue side of the teeth. They are not visible when you smile. They are customized according to your needs and are typically worn for the same amount of time that metal braces would be worn.
The design of lingual braces is more than just discreet. These braces are also less likely to lead to post-treatment discoloration or demineralization, and they are versatile enough to treat crossbite, crowding, gapped teeth, crossbites and underbites. Unlike Invisalign, another virtually invisible orthodontic option, they can even treat complex bite problems.
You might be a candidate for these braces if you are an adult or teen whose permanent teeth have fully erupted. Most patients will adapt to orthodontic treatment quickly, but the location of these braces can take a little adjustment since they are on the tongue side of the teeth. Your orthodontic appointments might also take longer since the adjustments can be slightly more complex.
Call our dental office today to find out if lingual brackets are right for you or to schedule an appointment.