With lingual braces, your orthodontic treatment is performed using a specialized type of braces placed behind your teeth, on the tongue (or lingual) side, where they are hidden from view. With lingual braces, orthodontic treatment can essentially be invisible, allowing you to discreetly straighten your teeth. For a patient who wants to perfect their smile while hiding their orthodontic treatment, lingual braces are the best orthodontic treatment option.
Your smile is unique, and your braces should be too. Lingual orthodontic treatment is accomplished using a custom set of braces for each individual patient, which is designed using cutting-edge computer systems and robotic fabrication. This allows your lingual braces to be comfortable, efficient, and accurate in delivering your orthodontic treatment. Moving teeth with lingual braces requires extreme accuracy, careful planning, and specialized training in advanced orthodontic treatment techniques. Very few doctors provide lingual orthodontic treatment.
Lingual braces can offer the same results of traditional braces, and can be used to treat a range of orthodontic problems from simple to complex. Lingual braces were first developed during the 1970s. Early lingual braces lacked in comfort and were not as effective as traditional braces. After decades of development, lingual braces now offer the same control of traditional braces. Today, orthodontic treatment with lingual braces is an option for most patients.
Treatment with lingual braces can be faster than other orthodontic treatment options, including traditional braces and removable clear aligners such as Invisalign. Because lingual braces are custom made for each patient, and treatment is carefully planned in advance, lingual orthodontic treatment progresses efficiently and with exceptional control. The result is fewer visits to the orthodontist than with traditional braces, and less time in treatment.
Lingual Braces vs. Invisalign
While lingual braces and Invisalign are both esthetic orthodontic treatment options, there are major differences.
- Lingual braces are hidden from sight. Clear aligners are clear, but still visible on the outside of the teeth.
- Clear aligners typically require a large number of tooth-colored attachments placed on the teeth in order to improve the control of tooth movement with removable aligners, and these make your orthodontic treatment more visible. Attachments on the outside of the teeth are not usually required with lingual braces.
- Lingual braces offer the same control possible with traditional braces, and can be used for patients with mild-complex orthodontic treatment needs.
- Lingual braces are fixed on your teeth, while clear aligners are removable. While it may seem appealing to have the option to remove your aligners, many patients find it inconvenient to remove and replace aligners throughout the day with each meal and beverage. Furthermore, some patients struggle with wearing aligners for the prescribed number of hours per day, and finish their orthodontic treatment with compromises in their result.
If you live in Orlando or Lake County, Florida and would like a consultation to discuss lingual braces, schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Escott and begin looking forward to discreetly shaping your new smile.