Braces Behind Your Teeth With UWS Orthodontist
Successful ideas often come from seemingly small changes to existing ones. For example, instead of putting braces on the front of the teeth, could they be put on the back? From this seed of an idea, one of the most discreet forms of orthodontic treatment grew.
Braces placed behind the teeth are called lingual braces. (Lingual refers to the tongue. Lingual braces are on the side of the teeth that faces the tongue, as opposed to being on the buccal side, which faces the cheek.) This type of braces still uses metal brackets and wires, but since these are attached to the back of the teeth, they’re not visible from the front. This great aesthetic effect combines with the speed and efficiency that comes with braces treatment, making lingual braces a great option for both adults and teens.
Why Choose Lingual Braces (Braces Behind Your Teeth)?
In general, braces are the fastest and most efficient form of orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces retain this advantage. Certain orthodontic conditions are better treated by braces than by Invisalign, because of the enhanced control provided to the orthodontist by braces.
Because they are placed behind the teeth, lingual braces are also the least visible type of braces. With lingual braces, people will almost never notice that you are wearing braces. This is a significant advantage for those with careers that require public speaking or client meetings, those who will be having major life events such as weddings during their treatment time, and others for whom the aesthetic effect of their treatment is important.
Additionally, the front of the teeth don’t risk damage or staining with lingual braces. Braces on the front of the teeth can occasionally cause white spots to appear where the brackets were attached. Although careful brushing prevents these spots from forming, with lingual braces, you can avoid this risk entirely.
Lingual braces best serves those who want the most aesthetic option available, but who need or want braces (either because Invisalign wouldn’t provide the optimal treatment result, or because they want the fastest possible treatment).
Are Braces Behind Your Teeth Right For You?
Because lingual braces are custom-created to fit each patient’s teeth precisely, and because working behind the teeth (rather than in front) takes extra time and skill on the orthodontist’s part, lingual braces are somewhat more expensive than other types of orthodontic treatment. For many, of course, the extra expense is worth it, because of the many advantages of lingual braces.
As with all types of orthodontic appliances, you will experience an adjustment period with lingual braces. You might find that your speaking and chewing are affected for the first week or two. However, you will quickly adjust to the presence of the braces, and this effect will disappear.
5-Star Orthodontic Treatment With Our UWS Orthodontist
Only a qualified UWS orthodontist can help you determine which treatment options would provide you with the best results. If you are considering lingual braces (braces behind your teeth) on the Upper West Side, come to Central Park Orthodontics for a consultation. Dr. George Pliakas is Ivy League-educated and was trained at one of the best orthodontic programs in the country, so you can be confident that you are getting the very best professional advice. To take the next step toward that perfect smile, call our UWS orthodontics office at (212) 362-4400 or book an appointment online here. Whether you choose lingual braces, Invisalign, or another option, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting top-of-the-line treatment from an UWS orthodontist you can trust.
Come experience Central Park Orthodontics on the UWS. You will see we offer 5-star rated orthodontic treatment to patients in Manhattan, including UWS, UES, NYC, Midtown West, Harlem, Morningside Heights, Chelsea, Columbus Circle and Washington Heights – and we do it with a smile!