As orthodontic options have expanded, more patients have sought braces that affect their appearance less than metal braces. Lingual braces were popular for this purpose before clear braces came along, and many patients still get lingual braces today. In fact, this treatment from Houston lingual braces dentist at Antoine Dental Center carries certain advantages over invisible braces. The benefits, workings, and candidacy requirements of lingual braces are detailed below.
The fact that lingual braces are hidden from view is definitely their top feature for many patients. Lingual brackets are basically invisible behind the top teeth, and they are unlikely to be seen except from a few angles when placed behind the bottom teeth. More benefits of lingual braces emerge when the treatment is compared to Invisalign. Whereas Invisalign is somewhat limited in the flaws it can correct, this treatment from our provider of lingual braces in Houston at Antoine Dental Center can achieve practically all the same corrections that metal braces can.
The beginning of treatment with lingual braces is similar to what happens with other orthodontic appliances. Patients visit our Houston lingual braces dentist to take photos, bite impressions, and X-rays, which are then used for designing and constructing their custom braces. After the brackets are bonded to the backs of the teeth, the wires are threaded through them and tightened. During treatment, which may take anywhere from eighteen months to three years, patients return to have their lingual braces tightened on schedule.
Thanks to the broad corrective abilities of lingual braces, this treatment is an option for most patients, in all age groups. In particular, patients who cannot receive Invisalign may want to consider this treatment instead. However, some patients may not be able to receive this option from our provider of lingual braces in Houston at Antoine Dental Center if they have unusually small teeth or a severe underbite or overbite.
Like other orthodontic treatments, lingual braces give patients lifelong improvements in their appearance, comfort, and oral health. A combination of treatment versatility and discretion makes lingual braces a great choice for many patients. At a consultation with our orthodontist in Houston, patients can find out if they are candidates for lingual braces.
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