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Orthodontic braces have been given a hard time over the years and not without good reason. Despite the fact that they continue to do a great job of straightening teeth, many teenagers tremble when their orthodontist suggests braces.
The words ‘tinsel teeth’ and ‘metal mouth’ undoubtedly run through their heads as they picture themselves having to wear braces for 1-2 years during what amounts to be the most impressionable period of their lives.
The good news is, over the last couple of decades an orthodontic revolution has quietly taken place. Now teens and adults alike can straighten their teeth invisibly thanks to lingual braces!
So what exactly are lingual braces?
Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces in that they’re permanently fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment, however, the key difference is they are placed on the inside surface of the teeth as opposed to the outside. Often referred to as ‘hidden braces’ they’re discreet and invisible when you smile. In fact, the only person who needs to know you’re wearing lingual braces is you!
Here are some other advantages
- Since lingual braces are permanently fixed to the backside of your teeth, they’re the number one choice for absolutely discreet orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are somewhat discreet but are still slightly visible. Aligners must also be removed each time you eat or snack. This presents a greater chance of losing your aligners or misplacing them.
- Clear aligners require discipline on the part of the patient. It is up to you to ensure that you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. Otherwise, treatment time will become longer and longer.
- Lingual braces are clearly the best choice because since you don’t need to be reminded to wear them and you certainly can never lose them. They are the most invisible option on the market today.
So how do lingual braces work and what can they fix?
Lingual braces work in the same way as conventional appliances in that they apply gentle sustained pressure to gradually move teeth using a series of brackets, arch wires, clips or elastics. Because of this, lingual braces can correct many of the same dental problems that conventional braces can. However, because you won’t be showing off a shiny metal smile, treatment is cosmetically appealing. Every Orthodontic problem can be treated with lingual braces, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Uneven teeth spacing or gaps
- Bite problems such as overbite, underbite, and crossbites
- Teeth crowding
- Tipped teeth
- Missing teeth
Similarly to conventional braces, patients fitted with popular brands such as Incognito Braces and Suresmile will require regular trips to the orthodontist during treatment. This is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as it should. Your orthodontist can make minor adjustments if necessary. Not all orthodontists are lingual experts, so be careful in who you entrust with your lingual care.
Is it fair to say then that the real benefits of lingual braces lie in their cosmetic value?
In a word, yes, however, it wouldn’t be right to suggest that lingual braces are an exercise in vanity alone. Not having that ‘Ugly Betty’ look when you smile or speak is important to many people facing both work and social situations. If for instance, you need to interact with people on a day-to-day basis, invisible lingual braces help to ensure that confidence is maintained.
Whether it’s an important business presentation, a job interview, or a date, lingual braces can make a real difference. While they can take a little time to adjust to, there’s less chance of embarrassing problems like getting food trapped in awkward places.
So who’s considered a good candidate for lingual braces?
It used to be thought that orthodontic braces were just for young teens, but this just isn’t the case anymore. The truth is, orthodontic treatment can give anyone of any age a spectacular smile. While more adults are seeking that perfect smile, most want to be able to do it with the minimum amount of fuss while carrying on with their lives. This is the real beauty of lingual braces because they help you do just that.
That’s all well and good, but the fact remains that most regular dentists and orthodontist don’t offer lingual braces – Why is this? In a nutshell, because they simply don’t have the proper training to provide them for their patients!
Lingual braces are fully-customized and digitally-designed to be patient unique. What’s more, because they’re attached to the inside surface of the teeth, your orthodontist needs to have a solid understanding of the subtle differences in movement created by lingual braces as opposed to traditional braces.
Lingual biomechanics is counter-intuitive from everything orthodontic residents have learned. And lingual is not taught in most orthodontic programs across the country. Actually using lingual braces is the only way to learn, and currently, there are only a limited number of true experts in the world who offer lingual braces.
This means that only orthodontists who are lingual experts should offer lingual braces to their patients. It’s a smart idea to seek out a member of ELOS. The Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club, for example, in order to ensure that you are dealing with a lingual braces expert before entrusting your teeth to just anyone.
Why get lingual braces from a member of Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club (ELOS)
ELOS Orthodontists have quite a lot of experience in lingual braces. They understand the subtle nuances of using braces located on the inside surface of the teeth. Lingual braces create new challenges that an orthodontist needs to be prepared for. And too many orthodontists become discouraged when movements don’t happen according to plan. Or worse they do not understand what went wrong and tell the patient that this is best the appliance can do, when in reality the mediocre results stem from a lack of experience on the orthodontist’s part.
ELOS members interact with each other on a professional level, exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge about lingual clinical cases. Thereby continuing to learn and grow even further than what they already know. This ensures that you receive the best lingual orthodontic care possible.
So what does all this mean?
Ultimately, when you have your lingual braces fitted by an ELOS member, you’re guaranteed a true lingual expert and your treatment will be under the care of a professional who has had a large amount of experience using lingual braces. Your treatment outcome is guaranteed to be excellent when using an ELOS expert.
Lingual braces truly represent a revolution in orthodontics. So what are you waiting for? Embrace the revolution and visit www.mylingualbraces.com today to find an ELOS expert near you!
An Orthodontic Revolution Is Here