Many people today search for more discreet options when aligning their teeth and smile. One of the alternatives to metal braces which Dr. Paul Sokolowski offers is lingual braces. This braces system works “behind the scenes” to straighten your teeth and help you improve your smile while maintaining a natural appearance.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are identical to metal braces, but are placed on the tongue-side of your teeth. This placement on the back surfaces of your teeth makes them nearly invisible, even from close up, while also preserving the effectiveness and efficiency associated with metal braces.
When you receive lingual braces, our orthodontist will begin by taking an impression of your teeth. This impression is then used to create custom-made brackets for your treatment. After the braces are placed, your treatment will proceed in much the same way as standard braces treatment, with regular visits and adjustments to ensure your smile progresses as planned.
Pros & Cons of Lingual Braces
- An incredibly discreet treatment
- An aesthetic and natural appearance throughout your treatment
- Highly efficient in correcting tooth positions
- Any discoloration caused by the braces will occur on the back side of the tooth where it’s not visible
- Treatment time comparable to traditional braces (18 to 36 months, on average)
- They can correct all the same orthodontic problems as regular braces
- Your smile transformation is visible to you, as your teeth are not hidden behind brackets and wires
- Lingual braces are more expensive than regular braces
- You will need to adapt your eating habits to help prevent the brackets from breaking
- You may experience irritation or develop a lisp before your mouth adjusts to the brackets
- It can be harder to keep your teeth clean with regular brushing and flossing – you will need to be very diligent in maintaining good oral hygiene
- Office visits may be longer with lingual braces
- They can sometimes cause considerable discomfort before your mouth adjusts to the braces
Call Our Office Today!
We welcome you to contact Daghlian Pediatric Dentistry & Sokolowski Orthodontics today to schedule your personal consultation and learn more about lingual braces in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, California.