An extremely popular option, lingual braces are attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the outside. As such, they’re an ideal choice for both teen and adult patients who desire a more subtle way to straighten their teeth.
Dr. Mahtab Partovi provides you with the most discreet lingual braces at an affordable price. She understands that braces can lower self esteem and has many options to help you achieve the smile of your dreams without sacrificing your looks.
An overviewof lingual braces
Lingual braces work exactly like traditional metal braces, but instead of being bonded to the front of your teeth, they’re attached to the inside surfaces. If you choose to straighten your teeth with lingual braces, your treatment will be very much the same as it would be with traditional braces. It will begin with an initial consultation at 360 Orthodontics, during which time Dr. Partovi will examine your mouth, as well as take x-rays, dental impressions and measurements to identify problem areas and create a custom plan to address them.
During the actual placement of lingual braces, Dr. Partovi will attach a tiny metal bracket to the back of your teeth using a special dental cement. The brackets are self-ligating, which means that instead of using elastic rings (ligatures) to attach the arch wire to the brackets, the wire is attached directly to the brackets. This makes Dr. Partovi’s lingual braces faster and substantially less painful than the lingual braces you’ll find at other orthodontic offices.
Once your lingual braces are placed, you will return to the office periodically so Dr. Partovi can assess how your teeth are moving. She will also adjust your braces from time to time, applying strategic pressure to straighten your teeth and align your jaw as needed.
Do lingual bracesinterfere with speaking?
As lingual braces are located in close proximity to the tongue, many patients want to know if they’ll interfere with their ability to speak with ease. Fortunately, lingual braces will not inhibit your ability to speak. You might need a few days to get used to the new appliance being present, but once you do you’ll be able to speak and enunciate normally.
How to care for your lingual braces
Because lingual braces are located inside the mouth and cannot be seen by the patient, special care must be taken to ensure they are clean and to prevent build-up from occurring. In addition to keeping your routine appointments with Dr. Partovi at 360 Orthodontics, you should also:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss and rinse with mouthwash daily.