Lingual braces work like traditional metal braces and offer the same lifelong improvements in appearance and oral health, but they are discreet because they are placed behind the teeth instead of in front. In addition to this aesthetic advantage, lingual braces can offer more comfort, particularly for certain patients.
Patients who choose lingual braces have brackets bonded behind their teeth instead of in front, preventing onlookers from seeing their braces. The top lingual braces are essentially invisible while the bottom lingual braces are less noticeable than traditional braces. However, visibility of bottom lingual braces is less likely to be an issue because the top teeth are more noticeable when patients smile.
The placement of lingual braces behind teeth prevents the brackets from making contact with the inside of the cheeks. As a result, abrasion to these tissues is avoided, and individuals who play contact sports may prefer lingual braces for this reason.
Lingual braces are an option for most patients, but individuals who have unusually small teeth or extensive overbite may receive recommendations for another type of braces. To learn more about this option and its candidacy requirements, patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in lingual braces in Torrance.