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What Are Lingual Braces?

June 17, 2019

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A photo of lingual braces from Orthodontic Arts OKC.

What are lingual braces? How did they come about? Armbands, rings and collars created fashion accessories always great… Braces not so much. Braces, particularly for adolescents, can be a little embarrassing. But a remedy exists! In OKC people opt for Lingual braces because they are located behind your teeth so you can straighten your teeth faster and more discreetly.

Old mummies with metal equipment to straighten their teeth have been discovered. Around 2400 years ago, ancient philosopher, for example, Aristotle, Hippocrates, etc. studied crooked teeth management. Already in use at the moment were metal strips, catgut and gold wire for tooth adjustment and alignment.

Edward H. Angle firstly codified issues with occlusion and management in the United States in the early 1900s. He founded the first college of orthodontics and helped establish what was the American Orthodontic Association in the 1930s. Today, the AAO has 13,500 members focused on dental anomalies diagnosis and therapy. This leadership consists of the production and use of braces to adjust and remedy your teeth. The orthodontist’s focus is inside your mouth and the whole health of your bite, so you can think about how beautiful your smile will be.

In the 1970s, the first lingual braces were taken by the first physicians and cemented to the back of their patients’ teeth. This method was very difficult, but the braces were hidden. Brackets were not only usually dropped, the bulky braces did not accomplish the same outcomes as braces on the foreside of the teeth.

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The expression “braces” still evokes a vision of the steel mouth and a metal mesh around the teeth. Braces are more than just metal parts today, however. One or more of these parts may be involved:

Brackets: Metal, ceramic or other miniature squares connected to a band or tooth. Brackets are slotted so that the rubber band attachments can be used with a wire or are hooked.

Rubber Bands: Depressing the rubber bands connecting upper and lower teeth, removable elastics connected to brackets to move your teeth gently.

Coil Spring: Springs between brackets mounted on wires, separating the teeth. These fountains provide room for the next teeth.

Bands: Molars fastened welded rings. With metal strap or dental cement, bands are connected to their teeth. In turn, they enable other teeth to be wired. Traditional stainless steel, ceramic or plastic bands are built.

Wire: Metal wires made to connect braces. Wires tend to keep their bend or shape but enable braces to changes as teeth replace the continuous wire pressure.

Power Chain: Availability that links the teeth to avoid the expansion of spaces between teeth during bracing.

Could you have a sweet smile wearing your braces? Learn about the wonderful option of lingual braces! It is important, for your dental malocclusion, to visit an orthodontist for treatment when you have to fix crooked teeth or have a slightly inclined or uneven smile. You can perform a thorough exam at an orthodontic facility using medical pictures to determine what your misaligned teeth need to repair.

Lingual BracesA photo of some of the benefits of Lingual Braces.

Lingual braces are virtually invisible, and eligible patients choose them for that main reason. This explains in part why adults get them more common than children. Another advantage is that lingual braces are easier to adapt to than the traditional braces when you play a wind instrument or a sport.

The Function of Lingual Braces

Similar to traditional braces, the lingual braces are used except that the teeth move from within instead of from outside. Lingual braces use brackets and wires that are the same as traditional braces.

For an impression of your teeth, patients visit the orthodontics. This is sent to a laboratory that can develop and construct the bracket using sophisticated techniques so that it sits perfectly on each tooth. The bracket on the front of the teeth does not have to be custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth with traditional braces. Once the bracket is secured against the tooth, a plastic application device is disconnected. After that, the brackets are fitted with an archwire.

Benefits of Lingual Braces

Using lingual braces is essential for solving issues such as gaps in the wrong direction between teeth. To avoid problems like temporomandibular joint dysfunction, along with chewing or talking difficulties, you also want a bright smile to repair your bad bite.

  • Bunk the unsightly look of conventional braces.
  • It will not be visible apparently.
  • Fewer marks of decalcification on teeth
  • The period is the same as the traditional braces for straightening teeth.
  • No problem in playing musical instruments with mouth
  • Business professionals, athletes, actors/actresses can choose it.

If you don’t want noticeable braces on your teeth, you can choose braces on your back of your teeth, and in two to four years you can get a better smile. Some of the problems which lingual braces can correct behind the teeth are Crossbite, Overbite, Overlapping, Overcrowding, Underbite, Wide gaps, Tilted teeth.

Cleaning Your Braced Teeth Is Important

It is important to keep your teeth clean, regardless of what brace you want. Food is stuck easily in the brackets and wires, and plaque forming and tooth decay can result. Brush your tooth on every meal and brush it at the gum line and below and above your braces. Since your lingual braces are on your teeth, you must be particularly careful to brush back.

Orthodontic Arts, your number one Orthodontist in OKC. Our Certified Orthodontist provides the latest and greatest Orthodontic practices to our clients in the OKC and Midtown area. Orthodontic Arts is the best place for child and teen orthodontics as well as adult orthodontics. Be sure to ask about Invisalign and invisible braces! Contact us today at (405) 604-3745 or request an appointment.

**Disclaimer: The above post is not intended to be medical advice or create a relationship between doctor and patient.