Crooked or misaligned teeth, or an over-crowded mouth, can present serious problems for an individual. These problems can lead to issues with chewing or speaking. They can also make it a lot harder for someone to look after their teeth, which in turn can lead to decay and gum disease. The fact is that a need for teeth straightening should not be ignored.
However, some people are reluctant to wear traditional metal braces that can have an adverse effect on appearance. The good news is that alternatives like lingual braces are available.
How do lingual braces work?
The way that lingual braces straighten teeth is similar to the way that traditional braces work, with one very important difference. Lingual braces are fixed to the back of teeth, so they cannot be seen. They provide a discreet but effective way to correct issues with teeth alignment.
Lingual braces can produce excellent results in cases which range from mild to severe. The level of control and flexibility available with these braces is high which makes them an ideal choice for many people. There are several benefits to be had from using lingual braces including:
- Placed at the back of teeth so cannot be seen.
- Correction of high numbers of teeth is possible.
- High level of control.
- Can correct problems such as an overbite or crossbite.
Different versions of lingual braces
There are several different versions of the lingual brace system available, with the following being the two most commonly used.
- Social 6 lingual braces
This system is often used when there are only mild to moderate teeth alignment issues present. The braces are only placed on the front six top or bottom teeth and the canine teeth act as anchors. This means that the straightening process only affects the front four teeth. The straightening process normally takes around 3-4 months.
- Full arch lingual braces
These braces provide more comprehensive teeth straightening and alignment and are bespoke to the individual. The brackets and wires are designed to meet the needs of a specific individual with a plan being drawn up before treatment begins, in order to predict results. It can take anywhere from 12 months to 3 years for the treatment process to be completed.
A consultation is always required before using lingual braces, in order to ensure that they are a suitable treatment option for the individual.