The Benefits of Today's Choices for Incognito Braces

Posted on: 14 July 2015

Wanting to correct crooked teeth no longer means having to walk around with a mouth full of unsightly braces that can make any adult or child very self-conscious. Today's choices for braces include incognito braces, also known as lingual braces, which are metal braces placed behind the teeth.

If you're thinking of braces for yourself or your child, note a few advantages of incognito braces versus plastic tray aligners or metal braces that are placed in the front of the teeth:

1. Versus plastic tray aligners 

Plastic molds or aligners that fit over the teeth need to be removed every time you eat or drink. This can make them difficult to manage every day, and even downright embarrassing, if you have meals with customers or go out often with friends. Note too that the more often you take off the plastic molds, the more time they need to nudge teeth into place.

If you're constantly sipping soda or coffee throughout the day or need to eat every few hours to keep your blood sugar levels healthy, you may find that you seem to take off the trays more than you keep them on. It may then take many months if not years for your teeth to finally get straightened when you use plastic tray aligners.

This is also a consideration for children, who may tend to want to slip off their plastic trays because they're self-conscious about wearing them, or may forget to put them back on after every meal. Rather than risk this, you can choose incognito or lingual braces that stay on permanently.

2. Versus standard metal braces 

In some cases you may need metal braces because of the amount of tightening needed to straighten teeth, and plastic aligner trays will not work for you. Incognito or lingual braces will mean having the same type of wires and brackets as you would with standard braces, but because they're behind the teeth, they cannot be seen. This is a good choice for those with a professional career where appearances can be important; you don't need to worry about making that sales presentation to customers while they stare at your braces. 

This is also a good consideration for teenagers, who may be self-conscious about braces. No doubt many parents remember what it was like to be teased in school for wearing braces, or may have heard other children being called "metal mouth" and other unpleasant terms. To avoid having a child teased, lingual braces can straighten their teeth while staying invisible.

Contact a company such as Perfect Smiles Orthodontics with any questions or concerns you have.

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