Traditional vs. lingual braces
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What are braces?
Braces can be used to fix bite issues (such as open bite, crossbite or overbite), functional problems and aesthetic issues too. Usually it is recommended to start the treatment in at a young age, but great results can be achieved in adulthood too, depending on the state of the gum and the jawbone. In some cases, oral surgery is needed before the placement of the braces, but with modern techniques extraction can be avoided more and more often.
Types of braces
When getting braces, many people worry about their smile being less aesthetic during the treatment. Apart from the regular, metalic colour, traditional braces have versions that are clear or match the natural colour of the teeth, but even these aren’t completely invisible. For those who doesn’t want anyone to see their braces, lingual braces can be a good solution.
Unlike traditional braces, when getting lingual braces, the orthodontic brackets are placed on the inner sides of the teeth, which makes the appliance completely invisible. Lingual braces can be used to fix most orthodontic problems traditional braces can treat, but it is important to note that patients adapt slower to lingual braces and the length of the treatment may be longer.
Lingual braces are a much more personalised appliance than traditional braces, as the inner surface of the teeth can be different for everyone. Because of this, the planning and the placement of the braces requires more time and attention.
Cost of braces - traditional and lingual
In the below table we compare the prices of traditional and lingual braces, to help you estimate the cost of the orthodontic treatment at our clinic:
|Lingual braces||Traditional braces|
|Orthodontic consultation||8 000 Ft||8 000 Ft|
|Panoramic x-ray||6 000 Ft||6 000 Ft|
|Tele x-ray||5 000 Ft||5 000 Ft|
|Planning fee||45 000 Ft||22 000 Ft|
|Orthodontic appliance||600 000 Ft||220 000 Ft|
|Activation||35 000 Ft||–|
|Removable retainer||33 000 Ft||33 000 Ft|
|Fixed retainer||20 000 Ft||20 000 Ft|
|Total*||752 000 Ft||314 000 Ft|
*The above prices are for one jaw and they do not contain the cost of the consultations necessary during the treatment. The price of a consultation is 20 000 Ft. The number of consultations needed depends on the length of the treatment, which the orthodontist determines during the planning.
Traditional, metal braces
These days, several types of braces are available from the traditional, metal appliances to the clear, invisible ones. During the first consultation, the orthodontist decides which kind of braces are the most suitable for the correction of the given problem and informs the patient about the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
In case of a severe bite issue or extreme overcrowding of teeth, traditional metal braces are usually more effective than the clear or ceramic braces. The orthodontist has bigger control over the way the teeth move, which can be very important in case of a serious bite issue.
The main disadvantage of traditional, metal braces is their appearance. Many opt for the more discreet, invisible braces to avoid drawing attention to them, though it is important to know that in the past couple of year the appearance of traditional braces improved a lot.
Clear, porcelain braces
The structure of porcelain braces is quite similar to the traditional, metal ones, but they are made of different materials. Instead of metal, the brackets are made of clear plastic and in some cases the archwire is clear too, in order to make the braces even less noticable.
In some severe cases, it is possible that clear, ceramic braces are not suitable for the patient, but in this case the orthodontist will let you know if they recommend the use of traditional, metal braces or if the treatment will be slower because of the clear, ceramic braces.
Clear braces might get stained during the treatment, so it is extremely important to keep a good oral hygiene. In order to avoid discolouration, it is recommended to quit smoking and not to consume heavily pigmented foods or beverages during the treatment.
When getting lingual braces, the brackets are placed on the inner surface of the teeth, which makes them completely invisible. For lingual braces, the orthodontist first takes an impression of the teeth and brackets are personalised based on the cast to make sure they fit perfectly. Just like external braces, lingual braces work with continuous but gentle pressure, to make the teeth shift into proper position.
It is important to know that for patients with an extreme overbite lingual braces are not an option because the way the teeth overlap leaves no place for the placement of the brackets. In the first couple of days, lingual braces might irritate the tongue and make clear speach difficult.
Traditional vs. lingual braces
Below we compare the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and lingual braces:
|Lingual braces||Traditional braces|
|Appearance||Brackets on the inner teeth surface
|Brackets on the outer teeth surface
|Treatment||Takes longer to get used to
| Easier to get used to
|Construction||Personalised brackets||Normal brackets|
|Cost||More expensive, due to the personalised appliance and longer treatment period||Cheaper than lingual braces|
What is the best age to get braces?
In case of potential bite issues, it is recommended to have a consult an orthodontist around the age of 7-8. At this age, permanent teeth are starting to grow and the bite starts to take its final form, so the orthodontist can already tell if treatment is needed and can recommend retainers. The advantage of taking action at a young age is that at this point teeth can be easily shifted into the correct position.
Fixed braces are usually recommended around the age of 12-13, after all baby teeth have been lost and permanent teeth have erupted. The length of the treatment depends on the age of the patient, the type of braces and the seriousness of the problem.
In general, it is recommended to start the orthodontic treatment in the childhood, but it can also be done later in life. There is no age-limit for getting braces, if the patient has heathy teeth and gums.
Braces and oral hygiene
Many people still believe that wearing braces can lead to cavities, but this is not completely true. During the treatment, good oral hygiene needs to be practiced as the lack of proper care can lead to an accumulation of tartar which can cause gum infections.
With proper dental care, the health of our teeth will not be affected during the treatment. There are special toothbrushes made for braces and interdental brushes that can be used to clean small spaces. Regular dental hygienic treatments are recommended to avoid gum inflammation.