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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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The Pros and Cons of Lingual Braces

by Jimmy Carter

Lingual braces offer an additional orthodontic treatment option for people who would like to treat a defect, such as gaps in the teeth. However, one needs to consider the possible benefits and drawbacks of these lingual braces before opting for them. This article discusses some of the pros and the cons of lingual braces. Use this information to help you as you decide whether they are right for you or not.

The Pros

Discreetness. Lingual braces are fitted onto the back of one's teeth. Consequently, they are not visible until one opens his or her mouth wide. This limited visibility of the braces makes it possible for you to have the braces without being self-conscious about what other people who see them will think of you. This is in sharp contrast with traditional braces that become visible each time that you smile or open your mouth to speak.

Reduced risk of damage. It is easier for traditional braces to be damaged during accidents, such as when you fall. Such accidents may increase the cost of your treatment since you may have to replace the damaged braces. Lingual braces are hidden behind your teeth. Consequently, it will be harder for them to be damaged in a minor accident.

Treatment compliance is easier. Lingual braces stay in place until they are removed by an orthodontist. This removes the delays that occur with other types of devices, such as removable aligners, which create an opportunity for someone to forget to replace them after removing them in order to clean them or eat. Lingual braces remove any chance that you will forget to wear the braces after removing them.

The Cons

Longer appointments. The follow-up appointments with your orthodontist may take longer if you have lingual braces. This is because it may take longer to inspect the components that are hidden at the back of the teeth. This is unlike traditional braces that can be seen easily since they are at the front of the teeth.

Cleaning is harder. You may find it harder to access all the parts of your braces in order to clean them. Consequently, you may be at a higher risk of developing dental infections in case you are unable to clean your lingual braces and the areas around them thoroughly.

Weigh those strengths and weaknesses carefully before you make a final decision about lingual braces. Ask an orthodontist for his or her opinion so that you make the best decision for straightening your teeth.