Many people will need braces at some point in their lives. Usually, when we think of braces, we think of adolescents or teenagers who are wearing them. But, truth be told, teeth have a natural tendency to shift over time. That is why many adults find that they need braces in various stages of life. There are traditional metal braces and there are lingual invisible braces.
Metal braces are the most commonly chosen because they are excellent at getting the job done of straightening out crooked teeth. While nobody really wants to wear them and feel self-conscious about them, they are less expensive than lingual invisible braces.
So, what are invisible lingual braces? Lingual invisible braces are braces that are placed along the back of the teeth rather than the front. So, they cannot be seen. A set of these braces is formed for each individual. An impression is taken of the back of each tooth. The metal brackets are then made and cemented on the teeth.
The lingual type of braces will yield the same results as the traditional type. Results typically take 1-3 years with either kind. The length of time it takes to see results varies based on the individual situation. One person may not have the same experience as another person, but that would be the case with any set of braces.
Due to the fact that these braces need to be specially designed, they are more expensive than traditional ones that are more or less standard made. It is not rare for a set to cost $2000 more. If you are considering a lingual set for yourself or your teenager, it is a good idea to check with your dental insurance company for any limitations on coverage.
The main advantage to selecting these braces is that since they will be worn for one or more years, people want something that will make them more comfortable with their appearance. Adults, teens and children alike feel self-conscious about braces and the fact that these are invisible is a definite bonus. Many people say that while “spitting” while talking can be a problem for brace wearers, with lingual braces, that issue is reduced.
There are some disadvantages to them as well. Since they are on the backs of the teeth, it is not possible to see any food that may be stuck in them. Even with regular brushing, food can get left behind which can lead to plaque and other future dental problems. Regular dental checkups are imperative to keep them as clean as possible. It has also been said that they are more difficult to become accustomed to than regular braces.
If you or someone in your family needs braces, lingual invisible braces are certainly worth looking into. If aesthetics is not a big concern, then regular old metal braces on the fronts of your teeth will be fine. But if you are willing to incur the additional cost of hiding your, a lingual set is the way to go. Make certain the orthodontics dentist or orthodontist you choose to visit has acceptable knowledge and experience with this special kind of braces.