An Invisible Orthodontic Solution
While traditional metal braces are effective at straightening teeth, many people find them uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, there’s a solution that offers the same results without the discomfort and visibility of traditional braces: lingual braces.
Lingual braces are an innovative orthodontic solution that works the same way as traditional braces but are fitted to the inside of your teeth, making them hidden from view. At the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics, our South Florida orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Grussmark, can provide personalized lingual braces as an innovative way to straighten teeth.
We proudly serve patients in Brickell, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables, FL.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, but with one key difference: they’re attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. This makes them less visible than traditional braces, which can be an attractive option for people who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want the look of metal braces.
Benefits of Lingual Braces
The benefits of lingual braces are clear: they offer the same results as traditional braces without visibility or discomfort. Other benefits include:
- Invisible: Lingual braces are hidden from view, making them an ideal choice for people who feel self-conscious about wearing braces.
- Effective: Lingual braces are just as effective as traditional braces at straightening teeth, and can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues.
- Customizable: Lingual braces can be customized to fit your teeth, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness.
- Versatile: Lingual braces can straighten teeth at any age and are suitable for children and adults.
Candidacy for Lingual Braces
Here are some factors that our Miami orthodontist will consider when determining if lingual braces are suitable for you:
- Bite and Alignment Issues: Lingual braces can treat a wide range of bite and alignment issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and crowded teeth. However, the severity of your issues will impact whether lingual braces are a good option for you.
- Tooth Size: Because lingual braces are custom-made to fit the back of your teeth, they may not be suitable for people with very small or irregularly shaped teeth.
- Oral Hygiene: Lingual braces require regular brushing and flossing, and it can be more challenging to keep them clean than traditional braces. Our orthodontist will evaluate your oral hygiene habits to determine if lingual braces are a good fit for you.
- Comfort Level: Lingual braces can be more uncomfortable than traditional braces, and it can take some time to get used to having them on the back of your teeth. Your orthodontist will consider your comfort level when determining if lingual braces are a good option.
How Do Lingual Braces Work?
Lingual braces work similarly to traditional braces, using brackets and wires to move your teeth into the desired position gradually. The difference is lingual braces are fitted to the back of your teeth, facing your tongue, rather than the front. This means they’re completely hidden from view, making them an ideal solution for patients feeling self-conscious about wearing braces.
Caring for Your Lingual Braces
Here are some tips for caring for lingual braces:
- Brush and Floss Regularly: It’s important to brush and floss regularly to prevent food particles from getting stuck in your braces. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to floss between each bracket and wire.
- Use an Interdental Brush: An interdental brush is a small brush designed to clean between the wires and brackets of your braces. Use it to clean hard-to-reach areas and remove any debris that your toothbrush may have missed.
- Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods: Hard or sticky foods can damage your braces, so it’s best to avoid them. This includes things like nuts, popcorn, and chewing gum.
- Wear a Mouthguard: If you play sports, be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces from damage.
- Attend Regular Appointments: Regular appointments with your orthodontist are important for monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to your braces.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lingual braces may take longer than traditional braces because they’re custom-made and placed on the back of your teeth, which can make them harder to adjust. The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend on your needs and the severity of your dental issues. Your orthodontist can provide a more accurate estimate of your treatment time.
Some insurance plans may cover lingual braces, while others may not. It’s best to check with your insurance provider and your orthodontist to see if lingual braces are covered under your plan and what costs you can expect to pay out of pocket. Keep in mind that even if your insurance doesn’t cover lingual braces, there may be other payment options available, such as payment plans or financing.
While lingual braces are an effective orthodontic solution for most people, they’re not suitable for everyone. Because lingual braces are fitted to the back of your teeth, they can take some time to get used to and may cause discomfort or irritation to your tongue. They can also be harder to clean than traditional braces, so it’s necessary to be diligent with your oral hygiene routine.
Lingual braces can cause discomfort or pain, just like traditional braces. Receiving lingual braces placed on the back of your teeth can be uncomfortable, and you may experience soreness or tenderness in your mouth and teeth for a few days afterward. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and by eating soft foods for a few days.
Discover if Lingual Braces Are Right For You
If you’re interested in lingual braces as an option for straightening your teeth, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist who specializes in lingual braces. Dr. Grussmark will evaluate your dental issues, oral hygiene habits, and comfort level to determine if lingual braces are right for you. Don’t let the fear of metal braces keep you from achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. Call our Miami, FL, office at (305) 441-1200 or fill out our online contact form to book your consultation.