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These dental appliances offer a means of straightening teeth without anyone knowing you are doing it. They are placed on the tongue side of the teeth thus hiding them from view. Here is what you need to know about these dental apertures.
What are Behind the Teeth Braces?
Also referred to as inside brackets or lingual braces. They are teeth straightening orthodontic treatment that is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that they are essentially invisible.
In a traditional brace, brackets are usually attached to the front on the tooth using a specific type of dental cement. Clips or rubber bands inside the brackets are what grip the archwire. It is this wire that is responsible for moving your teeth into alignment through gradual alignments. The traditional brace is very effective. However, it is also visible.
Inside brackets, on the other hand, are applied to the inside of the teeth. Your orthodontist obtains an accurate impression of your teeth. this is through a digital scan which they then use to customize brackets and wires that will snugly fit along your teeth line to help move your teeth into the desired position.
The most popular type of inside brackets is Harmony brackets. These brackets make use of small and easy-to-bond inside brackets that can be applied to the inside of your lower or upper teeth in as little as 30 minutes. These treatments are easy and highly predictable and can provide desired results in as little as 20 weeks.
The harmony bracket is a highly advanced digitally customized brace that allows your orthodontist to craft the brace in such a manner that it gives you a perfect smile. To achieve this, the orthodontist will first take a digital scan of your teeth. This helps them design a fully customized brace that even contains robotically bent archwires specifically designed for you. The Harmony brace is also optimally designed to be smooth, small, and invisible. It utilizes self-litigating technology to achieve fast and precise alignment.
Do Lingual Orthodontic Braces Hurt?
One of the top reasons why people do not welcome the idea of wearing dental brackets is because they associate them with pain and discomfort. The traditional brace typically causes soreness due to the frictional resistance that is generated by the brace ties on your teeth. These brace ties are what is responsible for the movement and subsequent realignment of the teeth into the desired position.
Unfortunately, this pressure may cause inflammation and soreness in the surrounding gums. And because traditional brackets employ a generous amount of pressure on the teeth to achieve the desired results They also tend to cause a significant amount of discomfort or pain.
Inside brackets, however, do not utilize brace ties. As such, they do not put as much pressure on the gums and teeth hence allowing your teeth to move more freely. This makes them much more comfortable.
Benefits of Inside Brackets
The most significant advantage many people find with inside brackets is the discreetness they offer them while correcting their teeth. Adults, in particular, have always found the idea of wearing metal attachments on their teeth not ideal for both professional and social situations. Inside brackets allow a person to enjoy all the benefits of a traditional brace without the glaring obviousness.
In addition to being practically invisible, inside brackets are just as efficient as other orthodontic treatments. This is true when it comes to realignments, correcting rotations, closing gaps, and evening out teeth height. Moreover, the white spots and discolorations that typically result from wearing a brace will now be on the inside instead of the outside as with the conventional brace. They are also custom designed to allow the patient maximum comfort.
Things to Consider
Just as with any other orthodontic treatment, a person looking to get inside brackets must consider their lifestyle preferences. This is to ensure that the brace works best for them. As such, just like with traditional brackets, there are foods that you will avoid consuming once you are fitted with inside brackets. For instance, you will need to avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. As they usually tend to stick behind the teeth thus taking extra effort to clean and rinse them away.
Also, inside brackets are typically more expensive than traditional brackets. This is because inside brackets are specifically customized for your teeth. Other brace options tend to be standardized thus making them more affordable.
The length of time that one needs to wear these brackets varies among individuals. The average time for most people, however, is between 24 and 48 months to achieve the desired results. Extreme cases may take longer.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
Anyone looking for an orthodontic treatment that is not visible will find inside brackets to be a good fit for them. However, you need to ensure that you do not have a severe bite problem (Malocclusion) as you may not have enough room for the brackets. Additionally, you need to have a large enough tooth surface to accommodate the brackets. Adults with small teeth and children might not be ideal candidates.
Nevertheless, the technology utilized when making inside brackets is evolving at a fast pace. Today, inside brackets are much smaller and more rounded thus making them even more comfortable while suiting people with smaller teeth.
Care Tips for Your Brackets
Oral hygiene is even more critical when you have brackets. As such, you will need to brush and floss regularly because brackets provide the ideal location for food particles to get stuck or trapped in. This makes you even more susceptible to tooth decay.
Avoiding hard, crunchy, and stick foods in addition to brushing, flossing, and visiting your orthodontist regularly. This should see you get the best results out of your brackets without any hitches or significant alterations to your normal life.
Inside brackets have revolutionized orthodontic treatments. Adults who have traditionally been shy of this dental intervention can now enjoy their benefits discreetly, using less time, and more comfortably. Nevertheless, inside brackets are difficult to configure, install, and adjust. Orthodontists require special training to be able to offer this treatment to their patients. As such, ensure that you are only treated by a professional that has the necessary training and certification so that you can get the best results.
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Do (Behind The Teeth) Braces Hurt?
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