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What are Lingual Braces?

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Lingual braces are a lesser-known orthodontic option and can be much more practical and subtle than traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth instead of on the front, but there are other differences between lingual braces and traditional braces in terms of comfort, fit, and discretion. This article can help you decide if lingual braces may be the right choice for your child.

What are Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that brackets and wires are still installed onto the teeth to repair crooked teeth or other misalignments. The main difference is that lingual braces are placed on the backs of the teeth facing the tongue instead of on the front surfaces. This makes lingual braces almost totally invisible and more discreet.

Benefits of Lingual Braces

Below are a few of the benefits of having lingual braces instead of traditional braces:

  • Get the same benefits as traditional braces without feeling the embarrassment of wearing bulky braces, especially for self-conscious teens
  • Discolorations or white spots that may occur on the teeth during orthodontic treatment will be invisible on the backs of the teeth
  • Custom-fit for each patient, allowing for a higher level of comfort
  • Less obvious than traditional metal braces

We believe that it’s important for our patients and their parents to be aware of their dental options, especially as the traditional age for braces approaches. To discuss your child’s dental health and possible orthodontic treatment, please make an appointment here at Little Smiles of Delaware, located in Delaware, Ohio.

Posted on Jan 27, 2020
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