What are Invisible Lingual Braces?

What are Invisible Lingual Braces?
Posted on 09/27/2022
Pictures of lingual braces

Learn which treatment is right for you when searching for braces in Houston

If you are considering treatment of braces to straighten your teeth but don’t want them to be noticed, then lingual braces may be a good alternative. So, what is all the buzz about invisible lingual braces and how effective are they?

How do Lingual Braces Work?

Lingual braces are an orthodontic device that is placed on the back of your teeth to correct your smile. Unlike other treatments, lingual braces are unnoticed by others, unless you open your mouth wide.

Lingual braces work the same way as traditional braces and clear aligners. They are made to correct bite irregularities and give you a beautiful smile. As with all braces, there are some advantages and disadvantages to the use of lingual braces.  

Advantages of Using Lingual Braces

  • Smile big with lingual braces! Given they are all placed in the back of your teeth and not in the front, lingual braces are practically invisible to others.
  • Treatment period can be completed in a shorter time and with fewer appointments than with other types.
  • It is typical to feel pain with any form of braces during the initial period of treatment, but some studies done on patients with lingual braces concluded that the pain level was lower than those using other devices.  

Disadvantages of Using Lingual Braces

  • Your speech will feel and sound different while you acclimate. You will notice a lisp when you speak during the first few weeks, but this should fade with time.
  • They can cause considerable discomfort on your tongue at first, but this will also dissipate.
  • The cost of this treatment can be more expensive than traditional braces and/or the same as clear aligners.

Do all Orthodontists Install Lingual Braces?

The answer is no. These types of appliances require special training and technique that is very different from traditional labial braces. Few orthodontists are qualified to install these. Fortunately, Dr. Mauricio Arguello at Houston Orthodontics is fully trained and a preferred provider of Brava™.  

Brava™ are personalized Independent Movers™ that are placed on the back of your teeth, similar to lingual braces. The difference is that Brava’s advanced technology uses an individual arm that moves each tooth independently instead of a wire or aligner that moves them in sections and groups. Brava™ does not require wire changes and can cut down treatment to just nine months.  Flossing is much easier; in some cases, treatments can be completed in just four visits to the orthodontist.

Find Your Brava Orthodontist

If you are in the Houston area and searching for braces in Houston, Dr. Mauricio Arguello at Houston Orthodontics will guide you in selecting the treatment that suits you. Fully trained and qualified to install Brava Independent Movers™, Dr. Arguello will make a difference in your life and lift your confidence by creating a beautiful smile.

Dr. Arguello is an orthodontist in Houston with 5-star reviews from his patients. Call Houston Orthodontics at 713-664-6611 to schedule an appointment or visit bracesinhouston.com to learn more about our services.