The issue of crooked teeth can now be addressed with a number of orthodontic treatments, unlike before when the only option available was to use traditional metal braces. Nowadays, those who want to have their teeth moved to a more properly aligned position can choose from a variety of orthodontic treatments that will address their specific requirements and desires, so that the whole experience will be much more beneficial and satisfying.
Ceramic braces and lingual braces are just two of the options that can be chosen to address the issues of crooked or improperly aligned teeth. Both ceramic & lingual braces can be considered as “hidden braces”, and offer more discreet teeth straightening options compared to traditional metal braces; this makes these two options more preferred by those who want to keep have an orthodontic treatment without being too obvious about this fact.
What are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are made of composite materials, which very closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth; the shade of the ceramic composite materials can be chosen to correspond to the patient’s unique teeth shade, so that the colour of the ceramic braces matches the natural teeth. The translucency and clarity of ceramic braces offer a very discreet manner of straightening the teeth, compared to the very obvious metal wires and brackets that make up traditional metal braces.
Advantages of Ceramic Braces
Discreet teeth straightening treatment, because the ceramic material matches the teeth’s natural colour
Ceramic braces do not stain teeth, unlike traditional metal braces which can leave stains on the surface of teeth
Ceramic braces are smoother compared to metal braces, and will not cause irritation on the inner lining of the mouth
What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are orthodontic braces that are bonded to the back part of the teeth, on the surface which is closest to the tongue. Since the lingual braces are hidden from view, they offer a discreet option of straightening the teeth, just like ceramic braces. In general, lingual braces are made of metal, and a patient who has lingual braces may need more adjustments when it comes to speaking normally – since the braces are located near the tongue area.
Lingual braces are ideal for those who would like to straighten crooked teeth, but are not comfortable with the idea of having metal wires and brackets that can be seen by everyone else. As the lingual braces are located behind the teeth, they will not be readily visible to others – providing an opportunity for discreet orthodontic treatment.
Advantages of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces provide an effective teeth straightening option to those who do not want to have an orthodontic treatment composed of a mouth full of obvious metal wires and brackets. The positioning of the lingual braces – on the back surface of the teeth – makes it possible for the entire orthodontic treatment to be carried out without advertising the fact to others; a patient who has lingual braces can confidently smile without showing to others about the ongoing teeth straightening treatment.