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What are Lingual Braces?

posted on 3-18-19

With the variety of options that orthodontics now offers it can make it difficult to know which solution is right for you. With modern technology and education, there are now several ways to get new smile you’ve always wanted without the look of traditional metal braces. One of these options is lingual braces.

History

Lingual braces were first invented in 1975 and later placed on the first patient in 1976 by Dr. Craven Kurz. Although lingual braces have been around for a while, their initial design was quite rudimentary and they weren’t as effective as buccal (traditional, cheek-side) braces. This is not the case anymore.

Much of the new-found popularity behind lingual braces arise from the idea of having “invisible” braces. Lingual braces are becoming increasingly popular among those who want a beautiful new smile, but without the traditional look of metal brackets on the front of their teeth.

Design

Like traditional braces, lingual braces use brackets bonded to each tooth and connected by a thin wire that is used to straighten the teeth. However, unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth, thus virtually invisible to those around you.

Another reason why many people have joined the trend is that lingual braces are much easier to adapt to than traditional braces, especially if the wearer plays a wind instrument or sport. Lingual braces also cause less scaring damage to the inner cheek and lips due to their placement behind the teeth.

Limitations

Although lingual braces can seem too good to be true, there is one main limitation associated with them. Teeth must be long enough in the back in order to fit a bracket with glue, therefore, lingual braces might not be ideal for young children or someone with small teeth.

Lingual braces aren’t for everyone, and that includes orthodontists. Not every orthodontist offers lingual braces. If you are interested in lingual braces, check with your local UAO orthodontist about whether they offer this treatment option, and schedule an exam to figure out your eligibility.

 

If you are interested or have any additional questions regarding lingual braces, feel free to reach out to a local Utah Association of Orthodontist member near you using the Orthodontist Finder at the top of this page.

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