In recent years, an increasing number of adults are looking into options for straightening their teeth. Most of them are concerned about their appearance during treatment. Luckily, the introduction of invisible braces, such as lingual braces, has allowed many people to straighten their teeth discreetly.
Lingual braces (also known as invisible braces) are fixed to the inside surfaces of the teeth, next to the tongue. Their position in the mouth makes them entirely discreet and ideal for patients who do not wish anyone to know that they undergoing treatment. Lingual braces in Glasgow are available in many dental practices in Scotland, including Park Orthodontics. Unlike standard brackets which generally are ‘one size fits all’, lingual braces brackets are custom-made for each individual tooth, achieving precise tooth movement.
How Do Lingual Braces Work?
‘Lingual’ comes from Latin and means ‘on the side towards the tongue’. This is indicative of the placement of the braces in the mouth. Unlike regular metal braces, lingual braces are made of nickel titanium and each bracket is custom-made to fit each individual tooth. For this reason, they fit comfortably and are optimised by the dentist to move teeth correctly. Lingual braces work just like regular metal braces by applying gentle but constant pressure to the teeth. They were developed in the 1980s, but are not widely available because they require specialised training.
Advantages of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces have many advantages over regular braces. The most obvious benefit is invisibility. They are entirely invisible unless someone looks inside the mouth. This makes them ideal for those who wish to keep their teeth straightening treatment a secret. While clear aligners not detectable either, they cannot treat serious dental problems. Lingual braces, on the other hand, work better for complex misalignment and bite problems such as crowding, spacing, overjet teeth, crossbites and underbites.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Lingual Braces in Glasgow?
Lingual braces are ideal for adults, and teenagers whose permanent teeth have grown through. The brackets are smaller than those used for regular braces, therefore, patients with small teeth or complex dental problems might have to look into different teeth straightening options.