Whether you've decided to start the year with braces and are considering lingual braces or you're just curious and want to know more about them, you're in the right place!
Many patients ask us about the differences between this type of orthodontics and aligners, so that we can assess the advantages and disadvantages of each and decide which treatment is best suited to what they are looking for. In this article we will explain how lingual braces work and how they differ from each other.
What is lingual orthodontics?
Lingual orthodontic braces are brackets that are cemented into the inner side of the teeth (instead of the outside) so that no one notices that you are wearing them. It is one of the most sought after treatments for all those people who want orthodontics. fully aesthetic.
This is its hallmark and main advantage, aesthetics, as this orthodontic technique is usually just as effective as the rest (traditional brackets, clear brackets or aligners) when it comes to treating a wide range of dental malocclusions.
In reality, although the term has become popular for aligners, when talking about invisible orthodontics we cover both lingual orthodontics and Invisalign. We will then discuss the fundamental differences between the two systems.
Can I wear lingual braces?
The first thing to bear in mind when deciding which orthodontic treatment is best for your case is assess your dental malocclusionThe orthodontist who will diagnose your case and advise you on one type or another depending on the clinical and personal characteristics of your case.
In other words, it is up to the specialist to tell you which type of orthodontics best suits your needs.
How are lingual braces made?
In order to correct the above-mentioned dental problems, lingual brackets have a slightly different process of elaboration and planning from the others of fixed orthodontic systems (clear or white, sapphire or metal brackets). When it comes to their manufacture, lingual brackets are made of a gold alloy and are technologically very advanced. In addition, the bracket is designed using a computer and, subsequently, its measurements are customised according to the size of the patient's teeth.
They also have another customised manufacturing system for the corresponding bows and bowls.
In contrast, other brackets do not have this strong technological component, are not custom-made and are made of a much cheaper material (metal, porcelain or even plastic).
So... how does it differ from other types of orthodontics?
Now, let's go into assessing what they are. the advantages y disadvantages that this type of brackets have:
The main advantage would be aesthetics, as we have already mentioned, since, as they are glued to the inside of the tooth (leaving the outside completely free), they are practically imperceptible.
Another advantage, which we have also mentioned, would be that of the design y planning. Lingual orthodontics are made to fit you and your teeth, individually and personally, so they are best suited to your personal characteristics.
In addition, by leaving the external surface of the tooth totally flawless, it is the only system that we can ensure that 100% does not adhere to the enamel, leaving it completely intact.
However, when it comes to their main disadvantagesFirst of all, we should mention that the adaptation process to this type of orthodontics is slower. Patients rub against the brackets with their tongue, causing sores and chafing throughout practically the entire treatment. In addition, speech and eating also present a series of difficulties that tend to cause discomfort during the first phases of treatment.
With regard to the duration of treatmentThis can be longer than with other techniques, and its complexity also requires longer operating times in the cabinets, so patients have to longer appointments.
With regard to the hygieneis undoubtedly the orthodontic technique that is most complicated for the patient. As they are brackets that we cannot see, cleaning is complicated and tartar tends to accumulate during these treatments, so ultrasound will be required at practically every appointment to remove the dental plaque that accumulates.
The priceThe cost of orthodontic treatment, due to the exhaustive manufacturing process of the materials and the difficulty of handling them by the specialist, also increases with respect to other types of orthodontics. We can assure you that this is the most expensive orthodontic treatment currently offered on the market.
Taking these advantages and disadvantages into account, this type of orthodontics is undoubtedly an excellent choice. first choice for adult patients whose aesthetic requirements The physical appearance of the patients is high, prioritising this aspect over other features of the treatment.
Do you prefer a totally imperceptible orthodontic appliance and prioritise dental aesthetics, or do you want a comfortable orthodontic appliance that causes as little discomfort as possible?
Come to Vélez y Lozano for an orthodontic assessment, a specialised team will advise you perfectly which is your ideal orthodontic system, adapting to your needs.e to all your needs!