As an adult with upcoming orthodontic treatment, you may be hesitant about having braces placed. Like many adults, you may be worried about the effect braces will have on the appearance of your smile.
Ask Dr. Jaime Rivera about lingual braces. These braces have brackets that are attached to the backside of the teeth instead of to the front, so they will not be visible when you smile. As with traditional braces, wires will connect to these brackets and control the movement of the teeth.
Living With Lingual Braces
Having lingual braces means that you can smile with confidence, as your orthodontic appliance is invisible to others! Your smile will look as great as ever. In fact, your lingual braces will be slowly improving the health and appearance of your smile with no one the wiser.
When wearing lingual braces, you can continue to eat many of your favorite foods. However, you’ll need to be a little more careful. Choose softer foods that are easier to cut or chew. Avoid sticky, crunchy or hard foods like bubble gum or raw carrots. Our orthodontist will give you instructions about which foods to avoid.
Cleaning Your Lingual Braces
Keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is very important, as at any other time. However, caring for your teeth is a little more involved when wearing orthodontic appliances like lingual braces. Food can get stuck in the brackets and wires of your lingual brackets, which can cause tooth decay and other issues if it is not removed. During treatment, brush your teeth after each meal. Make sure that you brush each tooth above and below the bracket, and the brackets themselves. Then, of course, brush all other surfaces of the teeth.
Flossing is also imperative during lingual braces treatment. Consider using a floss threader to aid you in getting the floss above or beneath the wires of your braces.
Please contact Rivera Orthodontics at 915-585-7550 to learn more about lingual braces and to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in El Paso, Texas.