If you are considering orthodontic work but want to avoid traditional metal braces, you might be interested in alternative options such as Invisalign or lingual braces. Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces—using constant pressure and force to guide the teeth—with the exception that the brackets and wires are placed on the back side of the teeth. Both Invisalign and lingual braces are virtually undetectable when you wear them. You might consider lingual braces if:
You Want a Discreet and Effective Orthodontic Option
Although Invisalign can treat many types of minor dental malocclusions, metal brackets and wires are still the most effective option for more extensive or complex orthodontic correction. Because lingual braces attach to the tongue side of the teeth, you’ll get the effectiveness of metal braces without their appearance.
You Are Active in Sports
Many sports participants are concerned about continuing their hobby because of the risk physical activity poses to both the mouth and the braces themselves. While a mouth guard is incredibly effective at preventing injuries and should be worn by anyone participating in sports, some people like the added protection offered by the placement of lingual braces.
You Play a Wind or Brass Instrument
For many people involved in musical performance, traditional frontal braces can create a severe challenge. Any instrument that requires proper placement of the teeth, tongue, or lips can become difficult or impossible to play after braces are applied. Lingual braces eliminate this challenge because they do not interfere with your ability to form a proper seal around the instrument.
If you are interested in learning more about lingual braces, or if you want to know whether you are a good candidate for this type of treatment, contact the office of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. Visit our website or give us a call at (212) 661-9777 to schedule an appointment for lingual braces or Invisalign in NYC.