FAQ

Who is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists. That training lasts at least two to three academic years – sometimes more. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws. Orthodontists diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. That means that orthodontic treatment is what they do, and that is all they do. Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusion’s (misaligned teeth and/or jaws). They regularly treat young children, teens, and adults. Selecting a registered orthodontist is your assurance that you have chosen a dental specialist with at least two to three years of post-doctoral, advanced specialty education in orthodontics in a university-based program.

What is Lingual Orthodontics?

Lingual Orthodontics is a super specialty in Orthodontics. Normally clips (Braces) are fixed in front of the teeth for bringing about the desired dental correction. But many times this system is unacceptable to the patient primary because of its appearance( metallic smile). It is here that Lingual Orthodontics comes into the picture. Here braces are fixed from behind the teeth. And no one knows that such a treatment is under way.

What age groups can benefit from lingual orthodontics?

Age is not a factor, however, it may be more difficult to apply the braces on very small teeth. Our current patients with lingual braces range from 13 to 61 years of age.

How long is the treatment?

This can only be determined by the orthodontist, based on the complexity of the problem. Usually, it takes between 6 to 24 months.

How often will I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

Since the advent of high technology appliances, patients need only come in once every 4-10 weeks.

Does it hurt?

Recent low profile appliance systems do not hurt the patient. But in case if it does like traditional braces, it may be uncomfortable for the first several days. Orthodontic wax, over-the-counter pain relief tablets, and a soft diet will help through this period.

Is it difficult to clean my teeth with the braces?

More time and care are required while wearing any type of braces, but Lingual braces have actually proven safer since the inside of teeth is more resistant to decalcification.

Will my teeth move after the braces are removed?

You will receive a personal retention plan to help you protect your beautiful smile!

How much does it cost?

The cost will depend on time and complexity, but we are committed to making lingual orthodontics affordable for everyone. Interest-free payment plans are available. View braces cost comparison.

Is it for me?

YES! Call to schedule a consultation and detailed analysis of your smile and its future!

Why have lingual treatment?

Many different kinds of orthodontic systems are available and each has its own advantages. The outstanding advantage of lingual braces is that they are completely hidden so patients have no need to feel self-conscious while their teeth are straightened. Mechanically, lingual braces are every bit as effective as traditional systems and for some problems, they can be more effective. Treatment times are roughly the same.

Those are the pros, what about cons?

There may be a temporary change in how you speak at the outset of treatment but the tongue soon adapts to having the brackets at the back of your teeth. Like all orthodontic systems, there will be some discomfort for the first 7-10 days but this soon eases.

Is lingual suitable for all cases?

Lingual orthodontics is suitable and effective for most people. It is not recommended for the young, those in their early teens, because their teeth may not have fully erupted. As with any course of orthodontic treatment, the patient should have healthy teeth and gums.

Why does lingual treatment cost more?

The system of brackets behind the teeth requires more complex, tailored fabrication. For the orthodontic specialist, there is also more preparation time involved.

How long does treatment take?

Length of treatment varies from patient to patient. Simple realignment cases can take only a few months while the majority take up to 18 months and only the most complex cases take longer.

Anything else I should know?

During treatment, you will need to take additional care of your oral hygiene to maintain the health of the teeth around the brackets.