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3 Advantages Of Lingual Braces

If you are considering braces, there are many different alignment options available nowadays. One of the most discreet orthodontic options is the placement of lingual braces. Here are a few advantages experienced by people who wear lingual braces:

The braces are not easily noticed.

Lingual braces are constructed from metal just as conventional braces are. However, the braces are more discreet because of their positioning. Instead of being displayed on the front side of the teeth, lingual brackets are placed on the back side of the teeth. Since this side of the teeth is only displayed when a patient opens his or her mouth wide enough for someone to see the side of the teeth that lies next to the tongue, lingual braces are not very visible when the patient speaks or smiles.

Lingual braces allow free movement of the lips.

When a person has braces applied to the front surface of his or her teeth,  he or she must adjust the movement of the lips to compensate for the additional material of the brackets. With lingual braces, since there are no brackets on the front surface of the teeth, the orthodontic patient can move his or her lips freely in the manner that he or she did before the placement of the braces. This feature can be especially helpful for patients with who play wind instruments. The lack of brackets on the front of the teeth can also make the participation in contact sports less dangerous. A person who participates in such activities can still don a mouth guard between the lips and the front of the teeth comfortably.

Lingual braces straighten the teeth as effectively as traditional braces.

Lingual braces tend to straighten the teeth as comfortably and as quickly as traditional braces. Thus, the alignment force is not sacrificed when this orthodontic option is chosen. Alignment issues for which traditional braces are often prescribed can often also be corrected with lingual braces.

If you would like to learn more about lingual braces, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist in your area. He or she can assess your dental alignment and your bite to determine whether or not lingual braces are a suitable option for you.  

The braces generally cost between $8,000 and $10,000. Since some people may not be able to afford the full cost of the braces upfront,  the orthodontic provider may offer payment plans to make the option more  affordable.