Lingual Orthodontics

lingual braces

When you think of braces, you usually envision metal brackets applied to the fronts of the teeth. But an alternative exists in lingual braces, which are placed at the back of the teeth. At Elite Orthodontics, Ammar Al-Mahdi, DDS can help determine if you’re eligible for this effective but more aesthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment. Residents of Falls Church and Fairfax, Virginia can call the office or book an appointment online to determine if lingual orthodontics are the right choice for your smile goals.

Why would a person choose lingual orthodontics?

Having appliances, such as braces, placed at the back of your teeth makes them virtually invisible, so you don’t have to worry about displaying a mouth full of metal when you smile. Lingual braces tend to be more common in adults than children.

People who play contact sports or a wind instrument also find it easier to continue their activity with lingual braces.

Who is a candidate for lingual orthodontics?

You might consider lingual orthodontics if you’re an adult or adolescent who cannot benefit from  Invisalign® but still want to hide your braces. Lingual orthodontics, such as the Incognito® and Harmony® systems, are very advanced therapies.

What should I expect when getting lingual braces?

The process starts by scanning your teeth and bite with the 3D iTero® scanner. Dr. Ammar then develops a treatment plan to optimize the look and function of your teeth. He uses the 3D, fully computerized technology to fabricate custom-made braces and orthodontic wires to manage the duration of your treatment.

Are lingual braces uncomfortable?

Lingual braces take time to get used to. The placement of the braces at the back of your teeth affects your tongue, causing temporary irritation on the tissue and making speaking a bit tricky at the beginning.

How long is the treatment time with lingual braces?

Treatment time with lingual braces is usually shorter than with traditional front-placed braces. Of course, exactly how long you need to wear the orthodontic treatment depends on your particular smile issues and the severity of your bite problems.

Is it hard to keep lingual braces clean?

Oral hygiene remains critical to your oral health, even when wearing braces. Food can get stuck in the brackets and if the wires aren’t kept pristinely clean, plaque can develop behind them with tooth decay as a consequence. With lingual braces placed at the back of your teeth, you’ll need to pay extra attention to brushing that area. Toothbrushes with a narrow tip are often best for this job.

To learn more about lingual braces and whether they’re a treatment option for you, call Elite Orthodontics or book an appointment online.