Metal mouth. Ugly Betty. It’s no fun having braces as a teenager, but what about when you’re an adult?
So, your teeth have started to shift later in life and now you’re worried about the stigma of wearing a metal smile? Unappealing, right? You’re not alone!
Well there’s good news and bad news.
The good news is that thanks to modern technology and lingual orthodontics, there is now a unique way of disguising your braces behind your teeth.
Yes, we have invisible solutions to straightening your teeth meaning that you can wear braces without them being seen. Unlike traditional front braces, lingual braces are attached to the backside of your teeth. This means that no one will ever be able to see that you have braces because all the magic is happening behind your teeth.
There’s more good news. Braces behind teeth (lingual braces) are also as comfortable than traditional ones and seem similar when it comes to pain, eating and oral hygiene.
Now for the bad news. There are a couple of considerations to factor in with braces behind teeth. They’re hidden from the public eye which means that food build up can easily go unnoticed for a while if you don’t keep up good oral hygiene. Lingual braces can also take a bit longer to get used to compared to standard front braces. But like anything, once you become more comfortable with how they feel they’ll bother you less over time.
What is the treatment process for lingual braces?
The treatment process will always vary depending on your specific case which is why it’s always great to book in a consultation to discuss your needs in more detail with your orthodontist.
As per the standard process for getting braces, lingual braces are 100% customised for your teeth which is why we take very precise impressions of your teeth in order to produce your braces.
Once your lingual braces are received by your orthodontist, we will take you through a process to help you prepare your teeth before putting on your new braces. From there, your orthodontist will ask you to come in for appointments to monitor your progress.
The total time required to wear braces behind your teeth will vary however a consultation with your orthodontist will help determine what your treatment process will look like in more detail.
Will lingual braces hurt?
You will experience some soreness and discomfort as your mouth starts to adjust to the treatment, as is the case for all brace treatments. Your orthodontist will provide you with guidance on how to adjust to braces behind teeth and how to properly care for them.
<h2 Do braces behind teeth cost more than traditional front braces? <h2>
Lingual braces, lingual orthodontics or braces behind teeth will likely cost more than standard braces due to the customisation required to fit your mouth.
The good news is that the price for ‘discretely’ straightening out your teeth with lingual braces is generally a much cheaper solution than invisible braces but, you still get the benefit of having braces that aren’t seen.
In many cases, if your insurance covers traditional braces then it’s likely that they will cover lingual braces as well. However, it’s best to set up a consultation with your Orthodontist to help you understand the cost and payment options in more detail.
Are you ready to speak to an Orthodontist about braces behind teeth?
Whether you or your teen require braces, there are options available to you that can help you keep them hidden if required for personal or professional purposes. For more information about braces behind teeth click here.
With treatments available to suit every need and lifestyle it’s important to get a clear understanding on which specific treatment would work best for you or your child. So, before you decide on your treatment option we recommend you make an appointment with your orthodontist to find out if lingual braces, lingual orthodontics or braces behind teeth will work for you. Click here to book online and choose a time that best suits you. Oasis Orthodontics even have Saturday appointments available to make it even easier to get to your initial appointment.