When it comes to straightening your smile, you have more options today than ever before. If you are not interested in wearing conventional metal braces for a year or possibly longer, you can choose from several other types of orthodontic treatments to correct your misaligned teeth and get the smile you want. Our orthodontist in Houston can help you find the treatment that is best for you.
Lingual braces might be one option for your smile. Lingual braces are a special type of treatment that can be placed behind the teeth rather than in front of them. They are virtually invisible when placed, so the only thing other people notice during your treatment is your confident smile. You can enjoy straighter, healthier teeth without worrying about any unsightly metal.
The process for getting lingual braces is much like the process for getting conventional braces. At your appointment, our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center in Houston will first ensure that you are a candidate, and then take a dental impression of your teeth. This impression is used to create a model, which is then sent to a dental lab, which will use it to create customized brackets. The brackets are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth. Once the brackets are in position, the archwire is attached. These two components work together to apply gentle, continuous pressure on your teeth so that they can shift into their appropriate positions.
Treatment can take from eighteen to thirty-six months depending on your needs. During treatment, you will need to take excellent care of your teeth. Because the braces are attached to the lingual, or tongue side of your teeth, it can be difficult to see buildup, so careful brushing and flossing habits are vital. You might also need to use an oral irrigation device to flush debris from around the brackets. Most patients will have an adaptation period to get used to the sensation of the braces against their tongue.
If you are interested in learning more about lingual braces in Houston, we can help. Call us today to schedule your appointment with our team.
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