Braces and The Other Side of The Teeth

a woman with bracesIn Glasgow, braces are fixed to the fronts of the teeth, right? Well, not all the time. Although front-facing, fixed metal braces are the most well-known of dental appliances — as they are rather obvious for all to see — braces come in many shapes and sizes.

Braces in Glasgow can be clear, tooth-coloured, removable and even fitted to the backs of the teeth which makes them pretty much invisible. Let’s take a closer look at one particular type of brace that is fitted by dental practices who focus on teeth straightening, such as Park Orthodontics. These are called lingual braces.

What’s in a name?

‘Lingua’ is Latin for tongue. Lingual braces are so called because they are fitted on the tongue side of the teeth, i.e. at the back. This gives them the advantage of being hidden from view unless the person wearing them really tips back their head with their mouth open.

What do they do?

The great thing about lingual braces in Glasgow, compared to other discreet options, is they can do pretty much everything their front-facing counterparts can. This means that they aren’t just for cosmetic work.

How do they work?

Lingual braces are fixed metal braces, and they work in the same way as traditional ones do. They use brackets and wires to slowly pull the teeth into their new positions over many months.

How are they made?

The back profile of the teeth is different for everyone — unlike the front which is similar for everyone. For this reason, front-facing metal braces are more or less one size fits all then they are adjusted by the dentist. Lingual braces in Glasgow, however, need to be custom-made because of the unique nature of the underside of the teeth. These means they are often a more comfortable fit.

Who are they for?

Anyone is potentially eligible for this treatment. However, for lingual braces to be fitted, the tooth needs to be a certain length, so they are often more appropriate for adults than children.

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They are particularly useful for people who play wind instruments or play contact sports who don’t want any obstructions at the front of their mouth.