Some children and teens who need braces may not like the look of them. Fortunately, there are some options to make braces less visible.
The most effective method is to put braces behind the teeth instead of in front. In this article, we'll discuss everything you need to know about this special type of braces.
Benefits of Braces Behind Teeth
Braces placed behind the teeth are known as "lingual" or "incognito" braces. Here's what you need to know about this type of braces.
They Work Similar to Regular Braces
Braces that go behind teeth are made of the same materials as traditional braces and work in the same way—the main difference is that you can't see them.
They Can Cost More than Traditional Braces
Lingual braces can cost between $5,000 and $13,000, compared to the $3,000–$8,000 range of traditional braces.
Dental Hygiene Can Be Challenging to Keep Up
With any type of braces, maintaining oral hygiene is extremely important. But when braces are placed behind the teeth, brushing and flossing can be a little harder because the braces are a little more out of your child's way.
To improve dental hygiene, make sure your child brushes twice a day, flosses, and avoids sugary, sticky foods.
Here are some of the foods that your child should and shouldn't eat with these braces:
They Are Custom-fit
When placing braces behind the teeth, each bracket and wire need to be specially made for each tooth.
They Require Certain Skills to Install
It's a little trickier to put braces on the back of teeth, and while a general dentist can sometimes install regular braces, braces that go behind the teeth usually require the skill of an orthodontist.
They Are the Preferred Choice for Some Children
People who play sports or instruments may benefit from having their braces put on behind their teeth. Also, because the brackets in these braces are made of gold, those who experience allergic reactions to nickel can also benefit.
Schedule a No-Cost Braces Consultation at Kool Smiles Today
Are braces that go behind the teeth right for your child? Come into Kool Smiles for a no-cost consultation with one of our orthodontists who will be happy to answer all of your questions about braces.
Several Kool Smiles locations have on-site orthodontists that accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and CHIP. However, because Medicaid rules differ from state to state, orthodontic services may not be covered by Medicaid at every Kool…