People looking for straighter front teeth and a better smile may like to consider STb Social 6 lingual braces, a type of brace commonly used to treat front teeth overcrowding. As with other lingual braces, the wires and brackets of STb Social 6 are applied to the back of the teeth instead of the front surfaces and will therefore be almost invisible. STb Social 6 braces only align front teeth whereas Incognito Lingual braces align all the teeth in the mouth. However, the cost of STb Social 6 braces is less than Incognito Lingual braces.
The STb Social 6 lingual braces also boast innovative technology that sets them apart from other products of a similar nature. The treatment uses a unique self-ligation system that lessens friction in the mouth, causing minimum discomfort and thereby reducing the number of times patients must visit the dental clinic. When braces are described as self-ligating, it means the fixture is free of elastic bands or metal ties. Self-ligating braces use a slide mechanism to hold the arch wire, which reduces the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth. This helps to achieve a shorter treatment time than other braces, with patients who use STb Social 6 often noticing results within weeks of having them fitted. The average treatment time for the braces is between 6 and 16 weeks, although treatment durations will vary from person to person.
Appliances such as Damon braces – one of the most popular self-ligating systems – also employ low-friction mechanics to ensure faster treatment times and maximise comfort but Damon braces are attached to the outside surface of teeth. Damon braces also are able to align all of the teeth in the mouth to achieve the correct bite.
People considering STb Social 6 braces should remember they are not suitable for all patients. These braces are primarily designed to treat people who want to change the appearance of their front teeth, rather than those looking to address more serious orthodontic problems such as bite problems.
As with other brace systems, it is very important that patients maintain a high standard of oral hygiene to ensure food does not become trapped and plaque is not allowed to build up. STb Social 6 braces may have a mild impact on a patient’s speech when they are first fitted, but this tends to be in the short term only.