Lingual Braces Vs Ceramic Braces
Lingual braces and ceramic braces are two of the most popular types of braces available. Both have their pros and cons, so which one is right for you?
Lingual braces are completely invisible in most daily situations. They are also usable for most forms of mild-to-moderate orthodontia. However, they can be much more expensive than traditional braces and require specialized orthodontic services, which can be difficult to find. Not every orthodontist is trained to provide lingual braces.
Ceramic braces are quite similar to metal bracket-based braces, but are made out of a very durable ceramic material that is meant to blend in with your teeth. They’re more visible than lingual braces and not appropriate for all types of orthodontic treatment. However, they’re more comfortable and “natural” feeling than metal braces. Ceramic braces are also more durable and lightweight, making them a good choice for many adults who only need slight corrections to their teeth.
Cleaning Lingual And Ceramic Braces
Both lingual braces and ceramic braces require proper care in order to ensure the health of your mouth, remove plaque before it can cause tooth decay and gum disease, and to make sure your braces stay in good shape.
Cleaning your teeth with braces is a bit different than what you’re used to if you don’t wear braces yourself. You won’t be able to use a regular toothbrush on the parts of your teeth that have brackets or bands. However, you’ll have access to special tools designed for brushing each part of your teeth individually. You can get a small rubber plaque removal tool that will fit right in between the brackets, a toothpick-type thing that is used to clean around wires and under brackets, and a dental scraper that cleans underneath your archwire.
Cleaning your braces this way is better than using a regular toothbrush and floss, but there are still some limits. Because the parts of your teeth that have brackets or bands rest directly on top of your gums, you can’t brush them with anything – including dental tools – as it could cause damage to the gum tissue .
Cleaning your braces also involves using an inter dental cleaner every day. This type of dental floss is wider than regular floss, which makes it easier to clean the gaps between teeth. You can buy this type of floss at any pharmacy store.
Make sure your orthodontist approves of any additional cleaning or oral hygiene products you plan on using. You should only use the minimum amount of brushing, flossing, and other procedures needed to keep your teeth healthy during treatment. Your Lingual or Ceramic Braces Specialist will instruct you on how to properly brush your teeth while wearing braces .
Do not play sports with your braces on Avoid chewing ice, hard food, or sticky candy. This can lead to broken brackets and wires all over the place; making it difficult for your dental professional to treat them properly.
What if I need my lingual braces adjusted?
If you wear lingual braces, then getting them adjusted is a bit different than it is with regular braces. Because the brackets are hidden behind your teeth, you can’t just go in and ask them to adjust your braces like you would if they were on the front of your teeth. If you have a loose or crooked bracket, then gently wiggle it using a small pair of tweezers. Make sure you do so slowly and carefully.
If there is absolutely no way to adjust your bracket without causing damage, try putting some wax on the wire in question. If that doesn’t work, then gently tug at the wire until it pops out of place. You can put it back into position yourself or ask for assistance from a dental professional.
It is important to remember that you only have a small amount of time to fix a bracket before it becomes a major problem. If you can’t wiggle or pull the bracket back into place within thirty minutes, then go see your Lingual orthodontist . You should also get an exam regularly so they can check on the current state of your braces.
What if I need my ceramic braces adjusted?
If you wear ceramic braces, then getting them adjusted is easier than with lingual braces. You can simply ask your dental professional to smooth out any sharp edges or file down any broken or bent wires. You can also ask them to tighten any loose wires.
Make sure you only go in and get an adjustment when you need it – don’t try to adjust your ceramic braces yourself as this could make the problem worse. Always use a dental professional for fixing broken or sharp brackets or wires .
Some patients who wear ceramic braces will complain that their teeth feel like there is something in their mouth. If you find yourself in this situation, then gently knock with your tongue on the bottom of your front teeth to feel if there are any sharp edges or broken brackets. You can also check under your lip or inside your mouth using an inter dental mirror .
There is usually no need to worry about your ceramic braces breaking. However, if you do notice a bracket has broken off or fallen out, then contact your Lingual or Ceramic Braces Specialist as soon as possible. You should also see your dental professional if your teeth feel like there is something stuck in between them because this could mean that a bracket is loose and needs to be looked at.
Finally, which is right for you is your decision. Just know that there are different types of braces for every type of tooth issues. Consult your orthodontist to see which is better for you or contact us. Good Luck!