Lingual BracesIt’s our goal to make sure that all of our patients in and around DeWitt and Lansing, MI have the ability to undergo an orthodontic treatment that’s just perfect for them. When you visit your orthodontist at West Orthodontics, you’ll have a plethora of great orthodontic options to choose from. One of these options that we’d like to tell you about is our “invisible braces” treatment that’s known as lingual braces.

Why Choose Lingual Braces?

As your orthodontist and orthodontic team in and around DeWitt and Lansing, MI, the most common reason we hear from patients as to why they put off – or even avoid – a needed orthodontic treatment is because they’re worried about what braces will do to their appearance. Many adults are worried that they’ll lose their professional appearance and look less attractive when braces are applied. However, lingual braces fixes all of that! While lingual braces may offer a similar treatment and follow a similar process, the difference between lingual braces and traditional braces is that the braces are actually applied on the back of the patient’s teeth instead of the front. When the braces are placed behind the teeth (known as the lingual side), others won’t have any idea that you’re wearing braces! Lingual braces may take some time to get used to and they may not be suitable in complex orthodontic cases, but they really are a form of invisible braces treatment for those who choose them.

How to Take Care of Your Lingual Braces

In order for your lingual braces treatment to be a success, it’s important that you keep up your oral hygiene regimen and also take great care of your orthodontics. To make sure that your lingual braces are in good shape, we’ve provided you with a few guidelines that you should follow:

  • Brush and Floss Regularly – When you’re wearing braces, it’s important to brush your teeth four times every day (once after each meal and once before bed). The reason why a patient should brush so often is because it’s easy for food to get trapped in the many nooks and crannies that braces contain. When food gets stuck between or against your teeth for a prolonged period of time, this can lead to the development of tooth decay. Tying into that point, you’ll also want to floss daily to remove these decay-causing food particles from between your teeth.
  • Avoid Damaging Foods – A patient who’s wearing braces will need to avoid certain foods because of the damage that they may cause to his or her orthodontics. These foods that we recommend avoiding are hard food (because they can sometimes break the wires and brackets of your braces) and sticky food (because they can get stuck in your braces and potentially loosen the wires and brackets or even pull them off entirely).
  • Keep Visiting Your Orthodontist and Dentist – You’ll need to see your orthodontist every so often during your orthodontic treatment in order to make sure that it’s progressing just as planned. However, this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on visiting the dentist at this time. Going to the dentist for regular visits is still important because the dentist will give your teeth a well-needed professional cleaning along with making sure that you don’t have any underlying dental problems that can hamper your orthodontic treatment.

Visit Your DeWitt and Lansing, MI Orthodontist!

If you’re interested in our invisible braces treatment, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist in DeWitt and Lansing, MI. To do so, please feel free to give us a call at (517) 507-3001 or fill out our appointment request form. We can’t wait to see you and give you a much more aesthetically-pleasing orthodontic treatment!

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