Roughly one-quarter of all orthodontic patients are adults. The embarrassment of wearing braces has shown to be what makes most potential adult orthodontic patients shy away from the idea. Our Boston based orthodontics practice offers a few different options to alleviate the apprehensions of our adult braces patients. Aside from being able to correct most smiles in just six months, we also offer braces that aren’t easily visible to anyone else. In fact, with lingual (invisible) braces, no one else will ever know that you’re wearing adult braces unless you tell them.
Lingual braces go behind teeth
Lingual or sometimes known as invisible braces go behind or on the lingual side of the teeth. With the braces on the inside of your bite, they are undetectable by passers-by. Studies have shown that those who wear lingual braces experience less pain in their first month of treatment compared to those who wear traditional style braces.
When you first get any type of braces you will have to make some lifestyle changes. You’re going to have to learn how to clean your teeth differently with the braces attached. It is likely that you will only be able to eat soft foods until your mouth is used to have the new brackets installed. Due to the fact that the brackets, wires, and elastics are on the inside of the teeth, patients have reported that they have to make fewer lifestyle changes with lingual braces than those wearing labial braces. Anything pressing on the front of your mouth like playing a wind instrument will be far more comfortable with invisible braces.
Lingual braces have been shown to be far more effective than clear aligners at certain tooth movements. The fact that the braces pull on the back of the teeth allows for them to make adjustments to your bite in ways that clear aligners just can’t. The position of the brackets on the back of the teeth allows them to move teeth quickly and efficiently.
If you are an adult who is considering correcting the alignment of your teeth lingual braces are a great option. When you decide you pair them with the 6 month braces strategy you are sure to complete the process as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our Boston based cosmetic orthodontics practice can offer solutions to your issues with your smile. We focus on correcting the issues that matter most to you about the process rather than taking months to correct for the perfect bite. Our goal is to have the process be as fast and as smooth as it possibly can be for you.