You want you straightened your teeth and improve your smile but not wish to have visible braces on your teeth. One option is clear aligners. However, clear aligners are not suitable for a wide range of cases and even though you are not having brackets on your teeth, still you need to carry something on the surface of your teeth. Wearing these aligners for 22 hours during the course of the treatment may not be suitable for everyone. In this situation lingual braces might be right for these patients.
In lingual orthodontics, the brackets are placed on the inner surface of your teeth. When you smile, nobody can realise that you are having orthodontic treatment.
For this type of treatment, the brackets, pieces glued to tooth surface, are different than the traditional ones. Outer, labial, surface of the teeth have a fairly straight convex structure however, the inner surface of teeth may show variation from tooth to tooth, patient to patient. Therefore custom made braces may be needed for this type of treatment. Other option is preparing the inner surface of the teeth for the braces before putting them on. In that way, standard lingual brackets may be used.
It is a superior advantage that it is almost invisible, but at the same time this is a disadvantage for the orthodontist as it is not possible to place the brackets easily on the inner surface of the tooth. A custom transfer tray may be necessary which adds extra cost on the treatment.
Patient may experience difficulty talking with lingual orthodontic braces. Depending on the system chosen by the orthodontist, speech may be corrected completely by time. Again depending on the choice of the system patient may experience little to noticeable discomfort with these braces. The key is having the brackets with the lowest profile thickness.