The term “invisible braces” usually means braces that are clear, however there is an entirely different form of “invisible” that has been created with the latest technology. These “invisible” braces are actually not invisible at all, but made of metal and have silver color brackets like ordinary braces. The difference is that they go on the back of the teeth instead of the front, making it nearly impossible for anyone to see them when looking at someone who is wearing them. Imagine your teeth getting straighter before your very eyes, but not seeing the mechanism behind it!
These braces are called lingual braces because they go on the back of the teeth near the tongue. Lingual braces are custom made to fit each patient by an orthodontist with specialized skills in their design and placement.
All braces take some time to get used to, but lingual braces generally take more time. The closeness to the tongue can make eating, swallowing and speaking difficult at first. Also, the overall treatment time or the time you have to wear the braces is generally longer with lingual braces than it is with traditional braces.Regular dental checkups while wearing your braces is very important with our lingual braces candidates to make sure a happy, healthy smile is being maintained.
The advantage to lingual braces is that they are the most invisible braces on the market today. For teenagers and adults, braces are often avoided because of the way they look. For many adults the stigma of braces being “for kids” often causes them to choose to live with crooked teeth instead, but Lingual braces can remove this dilemma entirely. Lingual braces makes it possible to obtain a straighter, beautiful smile and maintain your magnetic confidence.
“I’ve had lingual braces for over a year now and I could not be happier with the way they are turning out. Thank you Dr. Lu!”
If you would like to learn more about lingual braces or see if you are a candidate for this option, call us to schedule an appointment today!