Sherman Oaks, CA
Lingual braces use the same bracket and wire system of traditional braces; the difference is where they are placed. Lingual braces are placed on the backside of your teeth, or the tongue side, which is how they got their name. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional braces, with intent in having your orthodontic work be discreet or hidden, lingual braces may be right for you. During your consultation, our team at Dougherty Orthodontics can show you the different variations of orthodontic treatments that can straighten your teeth, including hidden lingual braces..
Orthodontic work is not just for awkward pre-teens. Teenagers and adults of all ages are increasingly seeing the advantages that come from having their bite improved through the use of braces. The biggest fear of our adult patients is having the appearance that is commonly associated with the awkwardness of youth. We can help you straighten your teeth while maintaining a professional smile, we have treatment options that are hidden and discreet, including lingual braces.
Why Lingual Braces?
We find that there are many patients who want orthodontic care, but don’t want it to be obvious to everyone they encounter through the duration of treatment. We get it, braces are a long term commitment and something that you have to live with daily until treatment is completed. A huge advantage to lingual braces is that they are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces which can be seen every time you talk or smile. We place the brackets and wire on the backside, making them much less seen every time you engage with others.
Besides increasing the beauty of your smile, corrective treatment with the use of braces can be necessary for the health of your mouth. Orthodontic appliances including braces can resolve issues such as a bad bite, or teeth that are crooked, over crowded, or even protruding. Bad bites, known as malocclusions, can cause health complications. Some complications include incomplete and uneven chewing, which hinders proper digestion. Additionally, irregular teeth are more susceptible to decay, damage, and other complications.
Benefits Of Lingual Braces
Some of the benefits to lingual braces include:
- Discretion: Having your braces hidden is the biggest advantage to lingual braces. Some patients simply do not want the look of wearing braces.
- Less Trapped Food: Getting food stuck in your braces is a typical problem, having the brackets on the back of the teeth will reduce this problem. You’ll still need to take caution in brushing and caring for your braces, but should have less food get stuck.
The main downside of lingual braces is the cost. They are more expensive than traditional metal braces. Braces are a daily long term commitment, and each patient will have to ask themselves about cost versus discretion and what factors are important to them.
Call Our Office Today!
Whether lingual braces or some alternative form of correction treatment is best for you, the first step is to inform yourself fully. We are here to help provide you with the tools to make a sound decision, so give us a call at (818) 986-6223.