Many people, including those with crooked teeth, enjoy being active. Some get much of their physical exercise by playing sports. If you enjoy participating in team sports but also need to have the alignment of your teeth corrected, lingual braces could be a great orthodontic treatment option for you. Here are few reasons why:
Lingual braces won't ruin the look of your photos.
Nowadays, it's relatively simple to snap a quick photo using a cell phone. People often record images and videos of sporting events.
As a part of a team, you are likely to have multiple photos taken of you and your teammates. There may even be snapshots taken of the action on the field. Unless you keep your mouth closed during every shot, your teeth are displayed. With conventional metal braces, the brackets are bound to stand out a bit. However, with lingual braces, the appliance is fully hidden.
Lingual braces are not seen because of their position on the teeth. The brackets are placed on the rear side of the teeth, the side that is next to the tongue. When you smile, laugh or open your mouth to take a deep breath, the front sides of your teeth are displayed without indicating that you are wearing braces.
Lingual braces won't endanger your lips during a blow to the mouth.
Lingual braces are not located directly beneath the inner lips, so when a ball or an opponent's elbow strikes your mouth, your lip won't get snagged on the appliance. This is a significant benefit if your favorite sport includes a large amount of physical contact without requiring the use of helmet or facial guard.
Lingual braces won't delay your alignment's progress.
Although lingual braces are applied to a different area of the teeth, they move the teeth as efficiently as traditional metal braces. In addition, they effectively treat the same types of bite and alignment problems as their more conventional counterpart.
Lingual braces don't break easily.
Some discreet orthodontic options, such as ceramic braces, have brackets that break more easily because of the material from which they are made. Since metal does not break easily, lingual braces may be a more suitable option for orthodontic patients who are physically active.
If you are concerned that braces may impair your ability to participate in the sports that you love, don't delay your treatment. Instead, speak with an orthodontist about your concerns. He or she can assess your teeth and determine whether or not lingual braces are right for you.