Advantages and disadvantages of lingual braces
Orthodontic treatment is necessary for malocclusions of the teeth. One of the possible treatments is lingual braces. This modern method is often used to correct teeth and, like every treatment, has its advantages and disadvantages. Here we provide an overview of the experiences and costs of lingual braces.
Where does the technique of lingual braces come from?
The basis of the braces was already laid between 1890 and 1920 by Edward H. Angle. Almost a century later, it was Craven Kurz who initiated the lingual technique. The decisive difference lies in the new type of brackets, which are used on the inside of the teeth or on the tongue side. This also explains the name: Lingual braces, from the term "lingual" - concerning the tongue or on the tongue side. The central element are fine plates which lie on the inside of the tooth and are therefore not visible from the outside.
The lingual brace - almost invisible
From a technical point of view it is a fixed brace with brackets and wire arches. The metal brackets are attached to the inside of the teeth. This means that the lingual braces are hardly visible from the outside. Since it is mostly used in adults for tooth correction, it is very advantageous if the braces are hardly visible.
The advantages are clearly visible
Because all malpositions of the teeth can be corrected in the long term. This applies in particular to the occlusion or cross bite of other deep malpositioning of the teeth. Thus gaps can be eliminated by missing teeth, the row of teeth is closed in a natural way. Adult patients who wish to have their teeth corrected benefit from the invisible braces, as they have hardly any limitations in everyday professional life with a high level of customer contact and, above all, are not visible to the person they are talking to. Lingual braces therefore have the advantage that the front of the teeth are always completely visible and do not cause any sensation.
Disadvantages of lingual braces
If malpositioned teeth are already observed in children, lingual braces are out of the question here. This is because the prerequisite for correction is that the tooth change has already been completed. In principle, the dentist always decides whether the jaw and tooth positions are suitable for braces.
Anyone who plays with the idea of lingual braces will have to plan for time and high costs. A quick correction of the teeth is not possible with this method. On the contrary, the complete fine adjustment can even last up to a year or longer. The decisive factor here is the degree of malpositioning and the amount of force required to correct the teeth. Many visits to the dentist are necessary because the invisible braces often have to be checked and readjusted. Computer technologies are used to precisely calculate the dentition and the required lingual braces. This must then be inserted into the inside of the tooth using a complex procedure. This also explains the relatively high cost of the braces, because in addition to high-quality materials and individual braces, there is also a high expenditure of time, which drives up the costs.
The pronunciation is changing
Another disadvantage of lingual braces is that they hinder speech, which results in unclear pronunciation. Especially in the beginning, many patients have experienced that they are incomprehensible when talking to other people. The wire arches on the teeth are responsible for this. It takes some time to adjust to this. After a certain period of acclimatisation, however, the pronunciation becomes clearer again, which makes wearing braces easier.
Lingual braces: What are the costs?
The high expense is reflected in the costs. The price for lingual braces can be several thousand euros. With an additional dental insurance the amount can be reduced. As a rule, however, the patient has to bear a large proportion of the costs himself.
The experiences of many patients have shown: Lingual braces change the appearance of the teeth extremely positively. In addition, the risk of tooth decay can be reduced by closing the smallest gaps.
Is there a good alternative?
Oh, yes, there is. We at SmileMeUp believe that braces - no matter for what purpose they are used - are not advantageous enough. Therefore, instead of using braces, we use splints. These clearly outweigh the advantages of braces! If you would like to find out more, take a look around our site. You will soon notice that our splints are the much more elegant and advantageous alternative to braces: Optically even more discreet and much cheaper. If you don't know where to start with your research, try our homepage first. The more you read, the further down you scroll, the more you will understand why splints are so much better for your malocclusions than braces.
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