Lingual refers to the tongue. Lingual braces are attached to the inside surface of the tooth rather than the outside surface. An advantage of lingual braces is that they are not as noticeable as traditional exterior braces that are exposed when talking or smiling.
Corrective appliances such as braces can resolve issues that result in a bad bite such as crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth. A bad bite can have health complications. For instance, incomplete chewing of food excessively taxes the digestive system. Irregular teeth are also more susceptible to damage, disease, and other complications.
Orthodontic problems result from many causes: inherited problems with tooth development, accidents, disease, and behaviors such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. These can result in speech defects and the erosion of self-esteem.
Early intervention is best. But even if you've lived with a condition for many years, solutions and positive results can be achieved. The most important first step is to make an appointment for an assessment. We'll give you some options and the cost associated with each. Certain procedures may be covered by insurance and we can work with you to provide needed documentation.
Whether lingual braces or some alternative form of correction is best for you, the first step is to inform yourself fully. We are here to help provide you with the tools to make a sound decision, so give us a call.