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After looking at your eyes, most people then shift their focus on your teeth. This goes to show why you need them white and straight as well as perfectly alighted in the mouth if you are to create a lasting impression with your acquaintances. At times, however, you don’t need your braces showing and preceding or inhibiting your smile and thus the need for lingual braces. But are they healthy for damaged and chipped tooth or do you need first to correct the broken tooth? To help understand why you need the lingual instead of traditional braces, here is a guide on the application and suitability of these dental braces.
What is the Difference Between Lingual and Traditional Braces?
While the traditional braces are affixed to the front of the teeth, their lingual counterparts fit behind the teeth, by the tongue. The lingual braces are a better cosmetic option for anyone looking to have their teeth straightened without having to grace their acquaintances with the shiny, metal smile.
It starts with an assessment of your teeth and malocclusion followed by an impression or digital scan of your teeth. The impression or scan is then sent over to the dental laboratories and customized brackets are created for you. Then your orthodontist will cement these custom braces on the back surfaces of your teeth.
Given the complexities involved in the bracket assessment and bracket design, you will need a lingual brackets specialist. Most of the traditional brace orthodontists don’t have the necessary skill set to work with these braces behind the teeth. Therefore, if you seek to use the lingual method of teeth straightening, it is imperative you contact a professional with technical expertise in the field.
Note that the main difference between the traditional and lingual brackets are primarily cosmetic. They both still will accomplish exceptional results as they work the same way they are just placed on different surfaces of the teeth. They will also both achieve the same results as they both tend to exert gentle pressure on the teeth thus forcing them into proper position. The only difference is that while the traditional brackets exert pressure from the outside, their lingual counterparts work from inside out.
What Happens when You Have a Chipped or Damaged Tooth?
Braces help solve such teeth problems as overcrowding that not only result in apparent problems like trouble keeping them clean and improper bites but in extreme cases, due to crowding and bite not being correct it can cause tooth damage/wear through chipping. Ideally, your teeth and gums need to be healthy and relatively stable before they are fitted with braces. Therefore, your professional lingual orthodontist might recommend that you first correct any teeth and gum problems you might have before fixing them such as cavities or gum disease.
In case of a chipped tooth, options to fix it may include the need to undergo a veneer repair process. Veneer refers to custom-made porcelain that is thinned and tactfully bonded on your teeth. It is used to recreate a firm shade and appearance of your original tooth. Through technology, experts can also tweak the look and feel of porcelain. Then we come up with a compound that closely matches the color and texture of the rest of your teeth. Alternatively, and in consultation with your dentist, you can first have your teeth whitened before placing in the veneer.
What if your tooth is extensively damaged? Such that the remaining part of the chipped tooth can’t form a stable bond with veneer? Your tooth might also be entirely damaged by any other tooth problems such as decays. In such a case, your dentist may offer start by correcting the teeth damage by filling up the space left with a denture. This refers to a custom-made appliance that is specially designed to look like the replaced teeth. It is made up of a life-like resin and fitted on chrome or acrylic base. Most of these dentures are also removable.
How Long Will You Need the Braces?
The fact that your teeth are highly sensitive means that these braces should not exert more pressure than necessary in aligning them. You also don’t want to hurt the gums during the straightening process. Therefore, just like, the traditional braces, teeth straightening and alignment through brace attachment at the back of the teeth may take anywhere between 12 and 24 months. The process also puts into consideration such other factors as the extent of the overcrowding and crookedness. In less severe cases the correction period may take less than a year.
Taking Care of the Lingual Braces
If not properly taken care of, food particles may collect causing decays. Proper emphasis on oral hygiene should thus be given priority when dealing with braces, whether lingual or traditional. This includes thorough brushing twice a day as well as daily flossing.
Additionally, consider using an oral irrigation device (water flosser) recommended for flushing out food debris around the braces and teeth. You will also need to keep the teeth healthy and strengthened during the entire process so seeing your dentist every 4 months is usually recommended by your orthodontic team.
A chipped or damaged tooth shouldn’t limit your correction options towards straightened teeth and a better smile. Consult your ELOS orthodontist and work on a plan. Don’t forget to take proper care of your teeth and braces throughout the treatment period. The attention you afford them directly translates to the results you should expect.
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