You will find frequent questions here. We tried to cover most of the cases so as to reply any question regarding modern orthodontic therapies.
Lingual Orthodontics is the reply of Orthodontics to the aesthetic problem many people have due to metal braces. These special orthodontic mechanisms are placed at the interior surfaces of the teeth (from the side of the tongue, that is the reason they are called “lingual”) by orthodontists specially trained in the use of these mechanisms.
Lingual orthodontics is the indicated choice for many adults and adolescents in need of orthodontic therapy, promoting the combination of perfect aesthetics during the treatment with perfect therapeutic results.
Generally, the duration of the therapy with lingual braces is equal with the duration of conventional orthodontic treatment and depends on the initial orthodontic problem of the patient.
Appointments with the orthodontists should be arranged every 4-5 weeks.
After the first 2-3 days, speech becomes normal and within one week at the most has been fully accustomed to the mechanisms.
It is characteristic that most patients choosing the lingual braces are persons using oral speech a lot, having intense social and professional activity.
After the patient gets accustomed to the mechanisms, there is discomfort or pain during the treatment, and no other change in daily life, since these orthodontic mechanisms are completely hidden.
Their placement is a simple and painless procedure, lasting about one hour. You will experience a slight disturbance during the first 2-4 days, mostly when chewing, as it usually happens with conventional braces, but it shall gradually disappear. During the treatment, the forces applied are as soft as possible so as to cause the slightest possible disturbance.
The first Orthodontic test is suggested to be carried out at the age of 6-7.
NO, as buccal orthodontics, so lingual orthodontics is suitable for any patient in need of orthodontics.
YES. Simply the Orthodontist with short experience should not begin with complex cases, such as increased lower front face height, asymmetric tooth extractions etc.
NO. The aim is to achieve an aesthetic treatment, avoiding any buccal attachment of any metal brackets, at least on the front teeth.
NO. The duration is the same. In some cases, it may be even shorter (in cases of increased overbite). However, average duration does not exceed 2 years.
NO. Studies have shown that detachments of brackets are fewer in internal braces.
The evolution of this technique during the last years is impressive, so the results are equivalent to the buccal orthodontic techniques.
Patients are offered the opportunity to straighten their teeth completely discreetly.
This technique, after the initial stages of doubt, has begun gradually to gain ground.
More and more orthodontists around the world suggest internal braces to their patients.
Of course, YES. Any orthodontist may suggest his/her patients the treatment with internal braces, as long as he/she has some experience. There are several universities around the world providing specialized courses having as exclusive subject the lingual orthodontics.
Adults may have the same results as children.
Moreover, they may have braces at the interior surface of their teeth so as nobody to notice the orthodontic treatment, since the whole mechanism is placed at the interior.