Have you always wanted to correct your teeth with braces, but feared what it would do to your appearance? If so, you may have an option that will preserve and improve your smile without anyone knowing you have braces. If it's time to think about orthodontics, lingual braces might be right for you.

What are lingual braces?

While lingual braces do have metal brackets and function the same way as traditional braces, they are different in where they are placed. Lingual braces are actually placed behind your teeth so nobody can see them! They are totally invisible to onlookers.

Who is a candidate for lingual braces?

Lingual braces might seem like the perfect solution, and they are for many people. But not everyone is the right candidate for this type of orthodontic treatment. For example, if you have a severe underbite or overbite, you may put too much pressure on the braces. Your dentist can tell you if these type of braces are right for your situation.

Can any dentist place lingual braces?

Not every dentist is trained in the special technique of applying lingual braces. Because these braces are placed on the back of the teeth, it requires special training and experience to apply these kinds of braces to the teeth. Look for a dentist who is confident in offering lingual braces as an option to their patients. Dental Designs of Winnipeg, Manitoba offers lingual braces to their patients.

What can I expect?

Because of the position of these braces, they may take a little more time to get used to. At first, you may have some difficulty with speech or chewing. But this resolves soon and the benefits of having totally invisible braces are worth it to many people. As with any braces, be sure to brush after every meal and take care to not leave food stuck in the brackets.

If you're tired of crooked teeth, but don't want that "metal mouth" look, consider lingual braces. Schedule an appointment with a dentist today to find out if lingual braces are right for you.