Braces are a common orthodontic appliance used to correct various dental problems such as crooked teeth, crowding, and malocclusion. Among the various types of this appliance available today, internal or lingual braces offer a unique aesthetic advantage as they are practically invisible. These internal braces are a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces that are placed behind the teeth, making them a highly discreet option. Their placement on the back side of the teeth makes them a highly attractive option for adults and teenagers who are concerned about the esthetics part of orthodontic treatment. These braces consist of the same basic components that traditional metal braces include, such as hooks and wires. In this way, teeth are straightened and various orthodontic issues are corrected over time.

Advantages offered by internal braces

The most important advantage that internal or lingual braces offer is their discretion. Since they are placed on the back of the teeth, they remain invisible during the entire treatment period, making them a preferred choice for people who are concerned about the impact that the application of an orthodontic appliance will have on their appearance. At the same time, lingual braces are just as effective as traditional metal or ceramic braces in treating a variety of orthodontic problems, including severe crowding, gaps and malocclusion. Also, the hooks and wires are a perfect fit to each patient’s teeth, which provides excellent control and allows precise, customized tooth movements to be achieved. These braces are suitable for treating both mild and more complex orthodontic problems.

Disadvantages of this particular orthodontic appliance

Although highly effective, internal braces pose certain limitations. First of all, due to their placement near the tongue, lingual braces can initially cause significant discomfort and irritation to the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth. This is especially evident in the early stages of the treatment. At the same time, lingual braces can affect speech, especially immediately after their placement. Patients often realize that they begin to lisp immediately after placement, which usually improves over time. Also, the maintenance of oral hygiene is more difficult with internal braces. The position of the hooks and wires makes effective brushing and flossing difficult, which can increase the risk of plaque buildup. Plaque buildup can cause additional dental problems such as tooth decay and gingivitis. Finally, adjustments and repairs to the components that make up lingual braces can be more demanding and time-consuming for orthodontists, mainly due to their less accessible location. This can also make orthodontist appointments more time-consuming.

Is there a more comfortable alternative?

For people who wish to undergo orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing, Invisalign treatment is an aesthetically excellent and comfortable alternative. Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign has transformed orthodontic treatment for people of all ages, offering a comfortable, discreet and practical solution to aligning teeth. The removable nature of the aligners facilitates oral hygiene and does not interfere with food consumption, while customized treatments and gentle movements contribute to an overall more comfortable and enjoyable orthodontic treatment experience. The Invisalign Orthodontist in Athens and Koropi Dr. Angeliki Nikolopoulou, suggests to each patient the ideal orthodontic device depending on the needs and the existing problem.