Today you have many options available to you if you want to get your teeth straightened. Unfortunately, most of the people don’t know about the lingual braces. But what are they and how do they differ from all those others types of braces? In America, you will find that more than 4.5 million people are currently wearing braces or other teeth appliance with the purpose of straightening their teeth. Today it has become something normal, not just for kids, but for adults also.

What are Lingual Braces?

These type of braces are placed behind the teeth, rather that in front. Because of that they offer an excellent cosmetic alternative, especially for those who want their teeth straightened “secretly”, without the braces showing. The process of getting Lingual Braces is simple.

First an impression of the teeth will be done and will be sent to a dental laboratory to create customized brackets. This process will take up to 6 weeks. After that, the orthodontist will begin the process of cementing the braces onto the back side of your teeth. This type of braces works on the same principle as all others. It is applying continuous pressure to the teeth and in time they will slowly shift into the proper position. This is a treatment that will last between 18 and 36 months, depending on the level of overcrowding teeth or bad bite.

Lingual Braces are worth the investment and are custom made. They cost a little bit more; that is why not all orthodontics offer them.  These are 5 of the most popular brands of lingual braces:

  • Incognito
  • iBraces
  • STb Light Lingual System
  • Suresmile Lingual QT
  • iBraces

The difference mostly is in the design and in the method of attaching and securing the braces on the back of the teeth. Ask your orthodontist what he recommends for you and your problem.

Lingual Braces require the same attention as classic ones

Even though they are not showing, that doesn’t mean that you can forget to take care of them. Just like with any other orthodontic appliance, you need to have an impeccable oral hygiene. You need to brush at least twice a day for two minutes. Use the specially designed soft round-bristle toothbrush to clean the gum line and the teeth. Floss daily to remove plaque and other debris from between your teeth. It is advised to use an oral irrigation device to help flush the food debris out of the brackets and teeth. Don’t forget to rinse with a fluoride rinse to harden the teeth’s enamel layer.

For any problem regarding your teeth and braces consult your orthodontist.