Lingual Orthodontics is a Japanese technique that was devised with a completely discreet method for adults. From then on, all the benefits that this technique offers were applyied in the Orthodontics field.
Unlike conventional braces, this technique is based on a laboratory work called “set-up”. That is, a preview of the treatment that is obtained from taking models of the patient’s bite, and in these same the teeth are aligned in an ideal occlusion. In this way, the patient will be able to see the final result before starting their treatment.
Unlike conventional orthodontics, brackets are placed on the back of the teeth and offer us the following advantages:
- Braces are practically imperceptible.
- Less treatment time than conventional orthodontics.
- Less need for extractions.
- All cases are completely individualized.
- They do not hurt the lips and cheeks when sleeping or with contact sports.
- There are no stains on the enamel after removal of the appliances.
Lingual or invisible orthodontics offers us the following advantages over aligners:
- 100% invisible. (With the aligners the plastics and attachments are noticeable).
- Less treatment time.
- Less need to use auxiliaries such as micro screws and attachments.
- Greater control of root movements (roots of the teeth).
- More predictable results.
- If you are not disciplined in the care of removable appliances, it is an excellent option.
- Higher percentage of patients who are candidates for this treatment. 98% of patients are candidates.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
- Is lingual orthodontics more painful than conventional orthodontics?
The discomfort with both appliances is the same, since forces are applied to move the teeth.
- Do braces hurt my tongue?
No. The tongue adapts easier to lingual appliances than to conventional orthodontics since it can move more freely than the lips and cheeks, making it a better treatment option.
- Does lingual orthodontics affect pronunciation?
At first, it may take a short time for the patient to adapt (first weeks), as the tongue has a high degree of adaptability.
- Is there an age limit?
For orthodontic treatments in general there is no age limit. Although invisible orthodontics is mostly recommended for adults, children can also be suitable patients for this type of treatment as long as the parents cooperate in supervising the hygiene and care of the appliances.
- How long does the treatment last?
Depending on the complexity of the treatment, the duration can be variable (between 12 and 18 months in most cases). Patient cooperation is also a determining factor.
- Is hygiene more difficult than with conventional braces?
It is not. As with conventional orthodontics, the patient must be very careful with the hygiene of the appliances to avoid the formation of cavities or periodontal disease.
- Can all cases be treated with lingual orthodontics?
98% of patients are candidates. This technique can solve from the simplest to the most complicated cases since it is a very effective and precise system, but it requires specialized training to be applied correctly.
Lingual orthodontics not only helps to align teeth, but also to improve the occlusion and the patient’s profile.
To undergo this type of treatment, it is necessary to make a good diagnosis based on a series of radiographic, photographic and dental model studies in order to offer an appropriate treatment plan for each individual case.