What is Lingual Braces Advantages & Disadvantages | Lingual orthodontics basically means fixed braces using Lingual/palatal surfaces of teeth, making them less visible when fitted.
- The lingual brace works in precisely the same way as a traditional brace, just in a different position.
- This treatment is suitable for correcting the position and bite of both the upper and lower jaws.
This YouTube video will explain it well.
The treatment process will begin with checking eligibility of the case for Lingual procedure.
What is Lingual Braces Treatment? Ideal Case and Complications
The best (and really only) way to find out if lingual braces can be used in a particular patient is biting consideration.
- “Bite” considerations.
It’s been argued that a patient must have a bite relationship that can accommodate their braces.
The idea is that with “deep vertical overbite” might place massive forces on their brackets when they chew or close their teeth together and dislodge them. It’s debatable about how much of a problem this really tends to be.
Quality of Results – Lingual Orthodontics
- Despite insinuations voiced decades ago, there’s nothing inherently lacking about lingual technique. Results on par with conventional braces can be expected.
- The application of sophisticated CAD/CAM and robotic wire-bending technology to this technique have only made its results more predictable.
- Lingual Braces are an ideal solution for patients who are slightly more image-conscious, the positioning makes them barely noticeable. However, the technology is very closely linked to traditional braces providing superb control over tooth movement.
Complications – Lingual Orthodontics
- Unlike other braces the molds/Cast that have been taken are more critical in Lingual cases as every time you have to change the archwire, you need to custom make it, because of positions of premolars.
- Lingual orthodontics are suited to all types of malocclusion. However, may not be suitable in extremely complicated cases as the brackets may be under more pressure from biting. Because there is simply less space on the back of the teeth.
- Although it is suggested treatment can take slightly longer with Lingual braces, there is still quite an extensive range from 6 months to 2 years depending on the complexity of each case.
- Also, sometimes patients will delay starting orthodontic treatment as they have a special event coming up, with lingual braces there is no need as they are virtually invisible.
Advantages of Lingual Orthodontics
- The main strength of having lingual treatment lies in the fact that your braces are not visible.
- If someone carefully looks into your mouth, they may catch a glimpse of your appliance (especially if you’re wearing them on your lower teeth). But otherwise, they’re not easily detected.
- If you feel that wearing conventional braces would simply be too embarrassing, this is one of the “invisible” orthodontic methods that you might consider.
Disadvantages of Lingual Orthodontics
- The biggest issue is that lingual braces can be challenging to get used to and wear.
- And, in general, each periodic office appointment you have during your treatment process takes longer. Then it would with conventional braces.
- Cleaning can be slightly trickier than a traditionally placed brace, but with practice, there is no reason why good oral hygiene cannot be maintained.
- However, they can take slightly longer to get used to as braces are in close proximity with the tongue.
However, with continued advancements in the design of lingual systems, these points have become less and less of an issue.
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