Lingual Braces (Behind Teeth)
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that they also use brackets and wires to move teeth into position. However, unlike standard metal braces, lingual braces are attached behind the teeth rather than in front, making them essentially invisible to other people. Treatment time is similar to that of metal braces, and most patients are candidates thanks to the sheer versatility of this orthodontic option from Dr. Maruri.
The brackets may abrade the tongue until patients become accustomed to their new lingual braces, but the absence of brackets on the front of the teeth means that the cheeks are not exposed to any irritation.
Lingual braces are designed to work on most types of bite irregularities that can be treated by traditional metal braces, making this orthodontic option open to most adult and adolescent patients who visit our Fort Lauderdale/ Plantation Lingual expert. In some cases, however, patients with shorter teeth or special treatment requirements may not qualify for lingual braces. Some patients who want discreet orthodontic correction may find that even if they do not qualify for treatment with clear braces, they can still receive lingual ones.
Lingual braces treatment begins with a visit to our expert in lingual braces in Plantation, who takes bite impressions and X-rays in preparation for placement. After bonding the brackets to the teeth and running the arch wire through them, Dr. Maruri schedules regular visits for patients to have their braces tightened. Once treatment is complete, our orthodontist gives patients retainers to preserve their results.
Patients who visit our Fort Lauderdale lingual braces expert for lingual braces will receive care instructions to follow during treatment. These instructions may include recommendations to brush more carefully and avoid excessively hard or cold foods.