People in Edmonton who wear braces usually want to feel as attractive and comfortable as they felt without their braces. Unfortunately, traditional braces are highly visible. In fact, it may be difficult not to notice the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. Since traditional braces are applied to the front surface of teeth, they are seen whenever the braces wearer opens his mouth. As a result, few adults desire to wear traditional braces. Yet, adults who need braces do have other options. Edmonton adult braces include lingual braces that are more discreet than traditional braces.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are Edmonton adult braces that are applied to the rear surface of the teeth. Instead of being applied to the front surface of the teeth as traditional braces are, the brackets and wires of lingual braces are applied to the back side of the teeth. The lingual braces are custom-fitted to the mouth of the braces wearer. In fact, before lingual braces can be applied to the teeth, they must be fashioned in a dental laboratory from a mold of the patient’s mouth. Orthodontists who apply lingual braces are specially trained to create an impression of the patient’s teeth to be used as a guide for the formation of the braces. After the braces have been created in a lab, they are sent to the orthodontist so that they can be applied.
The brackets of lingual braces are cemented to the back surface of the teeth. Since the braces lie on the inner surface of the teeth next to the tongue, they are not visible when the patient smiles, speaks or eats. People who wear lingual braces usually speak more clearly than people who wear traditional braces. There is no need for the braces wearer to stretch his lips over bulky brackets and wires as he forms words. In addition, lingual braces are not contraindicated for people who enjoy contact sports or wind instruments. Traditional braces can increase the likelihood of mouth injuries during recreational play, and they may hamper a person’s ability to purse his lips to blow into a wind instrument.
Do Edmonton Adult Braces Cost More?
Lingual braces do cost more than traditional braces. The customization of lingual braces does increase the price. However, the discretion and freedom provided by lingual braces is certainly worth the cost. Adults with lingual braces have no reason to feel self-conscious or uncomfortable about their braces. Lingual braces can rarely be discerned by an onlooker.
Do Lingual Braces Straighten Teeth as Well as Regular Braces?
People choose braces to correct misaligned teeth. Traditional braces are known to correct misalignment. However, lingual braces straighten teeth just as well as traditional braces do. Like traditional braces, lingual braces usually remain on the teeth for a period of one to three years, and after the teeth have been properly aligned, a retainer may be required to prevent the teeth from shifting.
Why Are Edmonton Adult BracesNecessary?
Many Edmonton adults have always suffered from crooked teeth. However, their parents may have been unable to provide braces when the adults were children due to the cost. In addition, some adults develop misaligned teeth over time. As a person progresses in age, his teeth shift naturally. Other adults may experience misalignment from trauma caused by automotive accidents. Nevertheless, adult braces are not purely for cosmetic purposes. Misaligned teeth can cause problems with proper chewing or speaking. People who suffer from severely crooked teeth may find it difficult to masticate hard or chewy foods. In addition, crooked teeth can hamper one’s ability to speak properly.