What are Lingual Braces?
Braces have been one of the most common treatments in correcting a patient's smile. These are primarily used to close the gaps and straighten the teeth. It is also used to correct problems such as overbite, underbite, crossbite in the upper and lower jaw.
Lingual braces work similarly to traditional braces. The difference is that the archwire, brackets, and ligatures are located on the lingual (tongue-side) of the teeth. These are the least conspicuous of all the types of braces and because of that, it has been a popular choice of treatment of teens and adults. Take a look at our other options for Orthodontics for adults at Greeley, CO.
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How do they work?
Lingual braces work like conventional braces that has the brackets and wires located on the front surface of the teeth like the Dental braces. However, its placement on the lingual side of the teeth can create complications not just to the patient, but to the orthodontist as well. One obvious complication is that there isn’t enough space for the upper and lower teeth to accommodate braces. Custom-made brackets are prepared by CAD / CAM. Read on for more of what is involved for this procedure:
- Clinical Evaluation – before you can choose lingual braces for correcting your smile, one of our expert dentists will perform a detailed examination of your teeth to determine the severity of your case. He or she will also study the models and radiographic images of your teeth in order to create a customized treatment plan for each patient.
- Making Impressions of your Teeth - We’ll thoroughly clean your teeth before we make an impression of your smile. Then we will use a special 3-D scanner to record the impression of your teeth in the upper and lower jaw.
- Cast and set-up - The lab technician will produce a cast of your teeth based on the impressions. They will modify it according to the dentist's instructions and produce a setup for your case. The set-up is a mock-up of the teeth when it is in perfect alignment.
- Fabrication of Treatment Plan -The mock-up dimensions will be digitized in a computer with special 3D imaging software. A special CAD (computer-aided design) will design the brackets to be made specifically for your teeth. Brackets for each tooth are custom-designed separately.
- Production - A computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software will use the design data to create the brackets through CNC milling machines. Robotic bending will be used again to prepare the archwire.
- The applicator tray- The fabricated brackets will be embedded in the applicator tray, a stent that fits over the teeth perfectly and holds the brackets in proper alignment for the dentist to perform the bonding procedure. The finished product is sent to the dentist. The attachment of the brackets to the teeth is done on the next appointment. This involves the following steps:
- Teeth preparation - The teeth will be cleaned first and roughened to permit proper bonding.
- Cement application - A cement will be applied over the brackets using an applicator tray.
- Bonding - The applicator tray will then be pressed precisely against the teeth and all the brackets of the jaw and is bonded simultaneously.
- Removal of the tray - When the cement has cured, the dentist will break away the tray which will leave the brackets firmly seated to the teeth. Excess bonding can be scraped away.
- The archwire - The archwire can then be placed. Ligatures are not needed.
Length of treatment
The length of the treatment will depend on the patient’s case but it normally ranges from one to three years. When the tooth has been aligned properly it will be removed then you'll wear a set of removable or fixed retainers to ensure that your bite won’t return to its original position.
Taking care of Your Lingual Braces
Because of its special location, it needs more special care and attention. We recommend the following point to remember:
- Maintain good oral hygiene - It is important to battle tooth decay and gum disease while under this treatment. This normally involves:
- Brushing teeth twice a day spending at least two minutes evenly over all the teeth.
- Use only a soft toothbrush to clean the gum line and teeth. Use an interdental brush to clean in between the gaps. An oral irrigation device may also be used.
- Daily flossing, preferably after every meal will also go a long way in ensuring excellent oral health.
- Protecting oral soft tissues – When the braces irritate the gums, apply dental wax on the sides of the teeth particularly where it hurts and irritates the soft tissues.
- Regular Visits – along with your regular appointments, you are required to visit your dentist after every six months for teeth cleaning and prophylaxis.
- Diet Management - avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods, including raw vegetables like carrots and apples. Sticky and hard foods can dislodge your brackets.
Pros and Cons
Lingual braces have many benefits over other types of braces. They also have their limitations. Here are the pros and cons of lingual braces:
- Better Aesthetics – One of the biggest advantages of lingual braces is that it is nearly invisible. Only when a person stands close to you will they be able to see your braces when you speak.
- Lingual braces are less visible than clear plastic aligners since the plastic gives off a distinct sheen.
- Lingual braces give the dentist better control over individual teeth movement.
- Potential for tongue irritation – Since these are placed on the inside of the teeth, it may often come in contact with the tongue which can cause it to get irritated that can lead to pain when swallowing or speaking. It can also restrict the movement of the tongue.
- Speech problems – When we speak, our tongue will need to touch against the teeth to produce sounds. Initially, you won’t be able to speak properly as the wires and brackets are in the way. However, you’ll get used to it after several weeks.
- Cleaning care – Being on the inside, lingual braces pose special demands on regular hygiene care.
- Application is complicated – It requires specialized skill to place the brackets and wires due to its limited visibility. 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.
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Lingual braces cost
Health insurance plans normally do not include lingual braces treatment for patients over eighteen years old, but supplementary plans may be available. But the expense on braces tax will be tax-deductible if the total amount exceeds a certain limit. This needs to be checked before you get your braces. For any plan, make sure you can get the best percentage they can cover and its lifetime maximums. The amount of coverage will vary greatly but the common figure is 50% with a lifetime maximum of $1500. 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.
How much do Invisible 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.
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Lingual braces have the same benefits and functionality of traditional braces such as straightening and closing gaps and correcting the bite. The difference is that these are installed on the non-visible part of your teeth. Taft Hill Orthodontics at Greeley offers our neighbors in Colorado lingual braces for straighter, more beautiful teeth without visible metal wires and brackets. Schedule an appointment at Greeley, Colorado and find out if this treatment option is for you.
What orthodontic problems can braces with clear brackets treat?
Crossbite is a kind of malocclusion where the upper teeth bite the inside of the lower teeth. This type of misalignment can affect one, or groups of teeth in the front, back, or both teeth.
Crossbites can cause the following:
- Less attractive smile
- Gum disease
- Bone loss
- When the teeth have premature wear
- Weak chewing patterns
- Asymmetrical jaw development
Open Bite Malocclusion
This type of malocclusion occurs when the lower and upper jaw are faced forward in such a way the upper and lower jaws do not touch when you close your mouth.
If this condition is not treated, it can cause the following
- A less attractive smile.
- Premature wear of the molars.
- Jaw joint dysfunction
In an overbite, there is an overlap between the upper and lower teeth. A severe case of this condition can cause a non-symmetrical eruption of the front and lower teeth. It can also affect the development of the bone which the teeth are supported.
An overbite can cause the following:
- Unusual wear of the lower part of the mouth.
- Lower front part biting onto the gum tissue, which could lead to periodontal problems.
Under this condition, the lower teeth bite the front of the upper teeth when you close your mouth. In most cases, it is a problem with the jaw being too far forward. This condition is caused by flared lower incisors, tipped back incisors, missing upper portion, or a combination of each.
Underbite needs to be corrected immediately because:
- It prevents the correct functions of the mouth.
- Your smile is less attractive
- Can cause jaw-joint dysfunction.
Gaps in teeth, Diastema
Diastema refers to the gap and space between the teeth. These spaces can be anywhere in the mouth but are often noticeable between the two upper front teeth. Diastema affects both children and adults.
If the gap of the teeth is minor, this normally affects a few teeth and may not be affected by bite misalignment or any other complications, then lingual braces can be used to treat it.
When cases call for a more involved movement of the teeth or jaw, dentists will supplement Lingual braces have discreet look that permits tooth movement without any issues.
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Are lingual braces worth it?
Lingual braces are an excellent option if you don’t want your braces to show you when you speak or smile. It is attached to the back sides of the teeth therefore, it will only be noticed when you are talking to someone in front of you. Because of its special position, the average cost of lingual braces is typically higher than ceramic braces or even Invisalign. Therefore, it is up to you if having such treatment will benefit your oral health in the long run.
Does dental insurance cover lingual braces?
Yes. Not many dental insurance plans can cover the full cost of lingual braces but there are some that can cover a part of the treatment cost. Make sure to contact your dental plan provider for the complete details of your coverage. To know how much your lingual braces will cost with insurance. Visit our Taft Hill Orthodontics office.
Do invisible braces take longer?
Most people will wear their lingual braces for between one to two years before they get the desired results. The time that one needs to wear lingual braces is generally similar to traditional braces.
Are they more painful?
Many patients have experienced gum and tongue pain for the first few weeks. Patients are more likely to experience pain in the tongue compared to patients wearing metal braces.
Do lingual braces cut your tongue?
Yes. This is due to the position of the brackets and wires. We recommend using dental wax to minimize this occurrence.
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