Teenagers and adults often don't like orthodontic treatment because traditional metal braces don't look good, they are distracting and it makes them look childish. Hidden braces can provide the same procedure as conventional orthodontics such as Clear braces adult have in a manner that is undetectable by placing the brackets and wires at the back of the teeth instead of the front. Dr. T.C. Hardy can help to achieve a straight and beautiful smile less conspicuously.
What are Lingual Braces?
Like traditional braces, hidden braces consist of brackets, bands and an archwire that put tension on the teeth to gradually move them into the proper position. They are placed on the back of the teeth, facing the tongue. This makes them virtually invisible and is the main reason for their appeal. They are ideal for those who play a wind instrument or a sport. Not all orthodontists offer this treatment as it requires additional education and training.
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How do they work?
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Lingual braces work similarly to conventional braces that are worn on the front surface of the teeth such as Dental braces teens. However, the placement of lingual braces is on the inside part of the teeth which may create complications to the orthodontist and the patient. One obvious complication is that there won't be enough space between the upper and lower sets of teeth to support the braces. Custom-made brackets are prepared via CAD/CAM. Read on for more of what is involved in this procedure:
- Clinical Evaluation – before deciding if these braces are a compatible treatment for you, our expert dentists will perform a detailed examination of your teeth and evaluate the misalignment of your teeth so they can create a customized plan for you.
- Making Impressions of your Teeth - Before making impressions of your teeth, we will clean your teeth thoroughly. Then, we'll use a special scanner to record 3D impressions of your upper and lower teeth.
- Cast and set-up - The lab technician will produce a cast based on these impressions and modify it according to specs and special instructions by the dentist. The set-up is a physical mock-up of your teeth when in perfect alignment.
- Fabrication of Treatment Plan -The mock-up dimensions are digitized in 3-D using special software then fed to the computer. A Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is used to design brackets that are made for your teeth. Brackets for each tooth are custom-designed separately.
- Production - A computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software (computer-aided machining) in the computer uses this design data to produce the brackets using numerically controlled(NC) milling machines. Robotic bending is used, again under computer control, to prepare the archwire.
- The applicator tray- The fabricated brackets are embedded to an applicator tray, a stent that should fit over your teeth perfectly and hold the brackets in exact alignment for the dentist to perform the bonding procedure. This hardware is sent to the dentist. Attachment of the brackets onto the teeth is done in the next appointment, and it involves the following steps:
- Teeth preparation - The teeth are thoroughly cleaned and roughened to permit better bonding.
- Cement application - A cement is applied over brackets in the applicator tray.
- Bonding - The applicator tray is pressed precisely against the teeth and all the brackets of the jaw (either upper jaw or the lower jaw) are bonded simultaneously.
- Removal of the tray - Once the cement has cured, the dentist will break away the tray leaving the brackets firmly attached to the teeth. Excess bonding can be scraped away.
- The archwire - The archwire can then be placed. Ligatures are not needed.
Length of treatment
Treatment length for aligning teeth with lingual braces typically ranges between a year and a half to three years. It will depend on the severity of the misalignment and individual needs. This is similar to the length of time needed for traditional braces. Get a closer look at how Clear braces adult can also make your smile even.
Taking care of Your Lingual Braces
It is important to practice good oral hygiene with any type of braces to avoid gum disease or tooth decay from forming under them, but especially so with lingual braces as they tend to be more complicated to clean.
This should include the following:
- Brush teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.
- Floss daily to remove food that gets stuck between teeth. You can use a floss threader or an interproximal brush.
- Rinse daily with a fluoride mouthwash.
- Use wax against the teeth to cover the braces to keep them from irritating the tongue.
Pros and Cons
Lingual braces have advantages over other types of teeth alignment apparatuses. They also have their specific limitations. Here is a brief discussion of both, which may help in choosing the most affordable and convenient orthodontic treatment option.
- Better Aesthetics – The main, and probably the biggest advantage of the near invisible braces is that they are not visible to a casual look. Only a close examination will reveal their presence.
- Lingual braces are less visible than even clear plastic aligners, because the latter may sometimes disclose their presence by giving off a sheen. Find out more: What is invisalign.
- Lingual braces give the dentist a better control over individual teeth movement.
- Potential for tongue irritation – As they are placed on the inside of the teeth, they come in contact with the tongue and may cause it to be irritated, which can lead to pain in the area when swallowing or speaking. They can also restrict the movement of the tongue.
- Speech problems – The tongue needs to touch against the teeth to produce certain sounds. With the brackets placed where the tongue used to touch, you may not be able to produce certain sounds properly, at least initially.
- Cleaning care – Being on the inside, lingual braces pose special demands on regular hygiene care.
- Application is complicated – Placing the brackets accurately behind the teeth with limited visibility is a problem, and demands more time and care. Specialist training is required on the part of the dentist.
- Getting used to – It takes more time to get used to lingual braces than to the normal visible braces. Find out more: What are Metal Braces?
InBrace - Hidden Braces
We offer InBrace, the latest technology in aesthetic orthodontics. InBrace uses 3D digital scans to create a digital replica of your teeth, then virtually repositions them to recreate your new perfect smile. A smartwire, similar to an arch wire used in other types of braces, is programmed to your specific smile and attached to the back of your teeth using custom designed hidden brackets. Smartwire braces use gentleforce technology to move teeth into the desired position, using less force than traditional braces or aligners. A light continuous force is applied, which results in healthy tooth movement, keeping your gums and teeth healthy during the treatment. It is suited for mild or moderate cases of spacing, crowded teeth, open bite and deep bites. With these behind the teeth braces you can brush, floss, and eat with comfort and confidence.
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Lingual braces cost
Health insurance plans usually do not cover patients over eighteen years old, but there may be supplementary plans available. But, expenses on braces is tax-deductible particularly if the total exceeds a certain limit. These are the things you need to check before getting braces. For any other plan, make sure to ask about the best percentage they cover and the lifetime maximum. The amount of coverage varies greatly, but a common figure is 50% coverage with a $1500 lifetime maximum per child. Our office benefits coordinator nearby can help you make sense of your insurance and can offer flexible payment options, and even our in-house zero-interest financing to help with getting this life-changing treatment for your child or yourself.
Compare it to how much do clear braces cost.
How much do Lingual braces cost?
Cost for Lingual braces will range from $8,000 to $13,000. On average, Lingual Braces costs slightly higher than Invisalign or clear braces. Insurance may pay up to for Lingual hidden braces that are put on inside of the teeth.
Experienced expert at Malocclusion correction Lakewood, Colorado
Lingual braces have the same functionality and benefits as braces in straightening the teeth, closing gaps, and bite correction, but these are installed on the non-visible side of the teeth. This makes it virtually invisible. Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics at Lakewood offers our neighbors in Colorado lingual braces for straighter, more beautiful teeth without visible metal wires and brackets. Schedule an appointment at Lakewood, Colorado and find out if this treatment option is for you.
What orthodontic problems can Lingual Braces treat?
Crossbite is a type of malocclusion where the upper teeth are biting on the inside of the lower teeth. This type of misalignment can affect a single tooth or group of teeth involving the front, back, or both teeth.
Crossbites can cause the following:
- Bone loss
- When the teeth have premature wear
- Less attractive smile
- Gum disease
- Weak chewing patterns
- Asymmetrical jaw development
Open Bite Malocclusion
This type of malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower jaw is forced inward in such as way that the upper and lower jaws do not touch when you close your mouth.
If this condition is not treated, it can cause the following
- Premature wear of the molars.
- A less attractive smile.
- Jaw joint dysfunction
If the type of malocclusion has an overlap between the upper and lower teeth, this condition is called an overbite. In a severe case of an overbite, it can cause a non-symmetrical eruption of the front and lower teeth. It can also affect the development of the bone in which the teeth are supported.
An overbite can cause the following:
- Lower front part biting onto the gum tissue, which could lead to periodontal problems.
- Unusual wear of the lower part of the mouth.
When there is an underbite, the teeth bite the front of the teeth. When you close your mouth, the lower front teeth are in front of your upper teeth. In many cases, this is actually a problem with the jaw being too far forward. This condition is caused by the flared lower incisors, tipped back incisors, missing upper portion, or a combination of each.
Underbite needs to be corrected immediately because:
- Your smile is less attractive
- It prevents the correct functions of the mouth.
- Can cause jaw-joint dysfunction.
Gaps in teeth, Diastema
Tooth gaps or diastema is a dental condition in which a visible space exists between two or more teeth. IT is common between the two front incisors. Diastema is a common and minor type of misalignment and Invisalign will be able to treat it.
When the tooth gap is considered a minor dental issue that typically affects a few teeth and is not affected by bite misalignment or other complications, Invisalign express can be used to treat it.
When cases call for a more involved movement of the teeth or jaw, dentists will supplement Invisalign with elastics or attachment. These attachments are discreet, tooth-colored devices that permit intricate tooth movement.
To make sure your dentist is skilled in Invisalign treatment, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for before and after photos, references, and proof of continuing education before undergoing treatment.
Lingual Braces FAQ
Are lingual braces worth it?
Lingual braces are an excellent solution to those who don't want the metal brackets and wires showing at the front of their teeth. They aren't visible compared to traditional braces because the wires and brackets are at the back of the teeth. The average cost of lingual braces is higher than traditional braces or even Invisalign. It's up to you if these braces are worth spending a few dollars more than other options. Please schedule an appointment at our Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics office to learn if this treatment is right for you.
Does dental insurance cover lingual braces?
Yes. Most dental insurance plans can cover some of the costs of lingual braces. Make sure to contact your insurance provider for the details of your dental coverage. To know more about the value of lingual braces with insurance, visit visit Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Do invisible braces take longer?
Most people will wear lingual braces for two or more years before they can see the desired results. The time to wear lingual braces is generally the same as traditional braces.
Are they more painful?
Some patients experience pain in the tongue and gum region for the first few weeks. Patents are more likely to experience pain in the tongue with lingual braces compared to traditional braces.
Do lingual braces cut your tongue?
Since the brackets and wires are located on the teeth' insides, the possibility of your tongue getting cut is high. To solve this issue, we recommend you use dental wax.
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The dental office's location is vital as if it is near where you work, play, or go to school, it can save you a lot of money. There may be a few treatments or follow-up appointments in addition to routine visits; thus, a dental office near you will make things easier. Look for a specialist with an excellent review in lingual braces and the one you'll feel comfortable working with.
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