Do lingual braces take longer to straighten teeth?

Do Lingual Braces take longer to straighten teeth?

Most people are familiar with traditional braces, and probably have their own opinions and even experiences with the process. Lingual braces, however, are a lesser known option for straightening your teeth. Unless you happened to be a child actor with crooked teeth, you probably have not had as much exposure to lingual braces.

You may be wondering how lingual braces compare to the traditional bracket style—how do they feel, what do they cost, and do they take longer to work? Fortunately, most of the answers are straightforward. However, the amount of time needed to wear braces is entirely dependent on the specifics of your treatment. All methods take time to straighten teeth, and generally takes a year and a half to two years. And there are many factors that can speed up or slow down your treatment by months, regardless of the style of braces you choose.

What are Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are actually placed behind the teeth, making them virtually invisible when smiling. This style of hidden braces is a desirable option for people who need wire braces but dislike the aesthetic of the traditional style. Lingual braces tend to be more expensive than other options as they are customized appliances, but patients generally agree it’s worth the cost.

Most people using lingual braces to straighten teeth are adults who want to keep their braces hidden and discreet, but don’t want the hassle of dealing with removable aligners. Of course, lingual braces require a certain level of cleaning and maintenance like all braces, but you will not need to keep track of a series of aligners that need to be taken off and put back on.

Are they right for you?

If you are looking for truly hidden braces, lingual braces may be the option for you. Speak to your orthodontist to determine if lingual braces are appropriate for your treatment. Your current orthodontist may not be experienced with this style of braces, and may recommend you see a specific dentist for lingual braces.

At Dr. Mario Paz Orthodontics, our staff is well versed in all styles of braces, including lingual braces. Dr. Paz’s team is also particularly knowledgeable about the InBrace Smartwire, a new approach to lingual braces. If you’re unsure where to begin on your journey to love your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mario Paz.

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