If you or your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist or orthodontist decide against Invisalign, but you still want something to straighten your teeth without showing, you might ask your orthodontist about lingual braces.
Traditional metal braces are attached to brackets on the front of the teeth, whereas lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth. The wires on lingual braces run along the palate and underneath the tongue, so they’re much less visible and noticeable than traditional braces.
Not all patients are good candidates for lingual braces, but they can help patients who don’t want traditional braces. Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces, but they can be more difficult to adjust. They tend to give results a bit faster than Invisalign.
Lingual braces require application from a skilled orthodontist, and our Coral Gables cosmetic dentistry practice has Dr. Agustin Drubi has extensive experience applying lingual braces. Because they are considered more difficult to install and adjust, it’s important to choose an orthodontist with experience in lingual braces.
After your initial consultation, your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist or orthodontist will take an impression of your teeth. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory that customizes lingual braces for the patient, and the orthodontist installs these onto the back of teeth with an adhesive.
Like any patient with braces, patients with lingual braces will need to commit to taking care of their teeth and braces while they’re being treated. Brushing and flossing regularly will help patients have optimal results from their lingual braces, and keeping your regular dental and orthodontic appointments will help your teeth adjust correctly.