What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces work almost the same way as traditional braces. However there's one very important cosmetic difference: the absence of metal brackets on the front of your teeth. The key difference with lingual braces is that they can be placed on the back of your teeth, hiding the majority of the metal parts. This means that they can align your teeth just as effectively as a traditional brace but without the aesthetic worries.
How are lingual braces fit?
First, orthodontist Dr. Yarmolyuk will need to take impressions of your teeth. The impressions are then sent off to a specialist laboratory where each bracket in your lingual brace is custom made to fit your teeth. During your follow-up visit the orthodontist will transfer the brackets to the back of your teeth and cement them in place.
Lingual braces have several advantages over traditional braces. The main advantage is cosmetic, as lingual braces aren't visible from the front which makes them an excellent option for patients who wish to avoid the highly-visible traditional braces. In addition to being completely invisible, your lingual braces will straighten and align your teeth in the same time frame as traditional braces (which can vary depending on the severity of the case). In many cases traditional braces aren't suited to patients who play contact sports or certain wind instruments, making lingual braces the safest and most convenient option. Lingual braces can be used on patients of any age and are increasingly popular in older patients who want orthodontic treatment without the orthodontic appliances interfering with their day to day life. Also, lingual braces can be a great alternative to patients who are sensitive to plastic and as such, can't use any invisible braces made of it.
What's it like living with lingual braces?
Wearing any kind of braces will have some affect on certain parts of your lifestyle. As lingual braces are placed on the inside surface of your teeth, they may take a while longer to adjust to than traditional braces. There can be issues with food getting trapped and catching your tongue on the brace, but most patients fully adapt to having the brace within a few days. Patients with lingual braces can eat relatively normally, but it's important to avoid certain foods and snacks such as chewing gum or sticky toffee. Similarly it's important to avoid hard foods and fizzy drinks and in some cases an excess of fruit juice can also cause damage your lingual braces. It's usual for the orthodontist to recommend regular visits to the hygienist as it's easier for food to become trapped in lingual braces, due to their position. Lingual braces may affect your speech and some patients develop a slight lisp or have problems forming certain words, but this is usually temporary. Therefore it's important to take all these factors into consideration and discuss them with Dr. Yarmolyuk before deciding to have the treatment.
Most patients wear lingual braces for between 1 to 3 years before a positive result is achieved.
What results can I expect with lingual braces?
Lingual brace will help straighten your teeth by applying light but continuous pressure. After treatment you should see a noticeable cosmetic difference in the appearance of your teeth and any problems with crowding, gaps, overbites or underbites should be corrected.
Different kinds of lingual braces:
Can I go to any orthodontist to get lingual braces?As not all orthodontists are trained in the use of lingual braces, so make sure the orthodontist you choose has special lingual orthodontic training. Our orthodontist Dr. Yarmolyuk is trained and certified in both Incognito Hidden Braces and Harmony Lingual Braces orthodontic treatment systems. What's the cost of lingual braces? Lingual braces tend to cost more than traditional ones. This is due to the fact that the treatment requires specialist training, customized brackets and computer-aided design technology.
Are there any other alternatives to regular metal braces? Other alternatives to traditional braces include clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen™ clear aligner therapy.
Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk is a certified Incognito Hidden Braces and Harmony Lingual Braces provider in Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Edgebrook Illinois.
For orthodontic treatment with lingual braces in Lindenhurst, Grayslake, Lake Villa and Gurnee IL areas visit our Lindenhurst Orthodontics location.