Are Lingual Braces Right For You?

Are Lingual Braces Right For You?
Posted on 04/19/2017

A straight, beautiful smile is a boon to confidence and self-esteem in nearly every situation, personal and professional – and more people are discovering that treatment braces isn't limited to adolescence. In fact, we can move healthy teeth at any age, and many adult professionals in Akron are deciding to improve their smile through orthodontic treatment. However, braces can be an inconvenience in adult life, and many adults feel self-conscious about their appearance during treatment. Treatments like Invisalign offer a discreet alternative, but they're still not entirely invisible. There's one orthodontic treatment, however, that's truly invisible. 

Invisible Orthodontic Options in Akron, OH

Lingual braces work the same way as traditional braces and are made from stainless steel, but they're completely invisible from the outside. Why? Lingual braces are mounted to the inside (tongue side) of the teeth, which makes them impossible to see when the mouth is closed. This gives them an incredible aesthetic advantage against other treatments – but are they the perfect option for adult orthodontics? As it turns out, they have both positives and negatives. 

Advantages of Lingual Braces

Each patient is unique, and Dr. Najem or Dr. Lehky will help you determine whether lingual braces are right for you. If this treatment is a good fit, the benefits include: 

  • Invisible: Unlike any other orthodontic treatment, lingual braces are completely invisible from the outside. Whether at a presentation, social event, or in pictures, no one will see your braces. 
  • Effective: Lingual braces use the same mechanics as regular braces, and they're just as effective and move teeth just as fast.
  • Reliable: Because they work the same way as traditional braces, they can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic conditions.

Disadvantages of Lingual Braces

Like Invisalign, lingual brace are not for everyone. Some disadvantages include:

  • Expensive: Lingual braces cost more than traditional braces, which can add up if you need treatment for an extended period of time.
  • Unusual: Lingual braces take longer to adjust to than normal braces.
  • Inconvenient: It's harder to keep lingual braces clean than normal braces, so you'll need to spend more time and energy on oral hygiene.

Contact Your Local Akron, OH Orthodontists

If you’re curious about lingual braces or have questions about our other treatment options, feel free to call us at 330-864-3331 or reach out to us at our contact page. You can also request a consultation using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on orthodontic treatment and oral health.