Do Lingual Braces Have Advantages When Treating Teenagers?
When patients follow the recommendations and practise excellent oral hygiene (brushing) along with a reduced frequency of sugar intake, decalcification (permanent white marks) should not be a problem with either outside (familiar) braces, or lingual braces. Orthodontics is not normally commenced until the oral hygiene is satisfactory.
Picture of severe decalcification courtesy of Dentsply GAC
Unfortunately a proportion of patients return to their “old ways” and let their oral hygiene slip while they are wearing braces. These patients are much less likely to experience decalcification (permanent white marks) if they are wearing lingual braces rather than outside braces. Even if they do experience white marks they are obviously not of aesthetic importance if they are on the inside of the teeth.