Lingual Braces (Hidden Braces)
Wearing Lingual Braces (Hidden Braces) is a virtually undetectable way to straighten your teeth. This means hiding your braces, but not your smile!
If you’re looking into creating the smile you’ve always wanted but don’t want traditional braces to get you there, lingual braces are a great braces alternative for you. This is especially true for people who don’t want their current smile to be compromised. That’s because lingual braces are actually placed behind the teeth where they are not visible to anyone.
Dr. Danyluk and Team Orthodontics is the preeminent provider for lingual braces in Phoenix, Ahwatukee and Gilbert. In fact, Dr. Danyluk is the leading lingual braces orthodontist in North America for providing them to children and adults alike. He is part of an international consortium of the world’s best orthodontists from France, Italy, Germany and Japan that are looking to make even more advances with the lingual braces technology.
Like traditional braces there are lots of questions on how lingual braces work, how much do lingual braces cost and just what might be the advantages of lingual braces over traditional braces or other braces alternatives.
We address some of the frequently asked questions about lingual braces below, as well as a brief history of lingual braces.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lingual Braces:
“How much do lingual braces cost?”
Because they require both expertise and customization, the cost of lingual braces is slightly more expensive than the cost of traditional braces. Exact investment amounts vary based upon the severity of need, but most lingual braces procedures start in the $5,000 range.
“How is the process for lingual braces different from traditional braces?”
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth and function very much like traditional braces. The key advantage, much like other braces alternatives, is that the braces are not visible to others. There are special requirements for lingual braces so it is important that you use someone who is certified in this process.
The actual process starts with taking an impression of your teeth. That is then sent to a lab for further evaluation. Custom brackets are then devised to fit inside your mouth that will manipulate your teeth to move as needed.
“Are all options for lingual braces the same?”
No… currently there are four different types of lingual braces. Conceptually, they all do the same thing but the main differences in each is in their design and how they attach the braces on the inside of the teeth. With the years of expertise that Dr. Danyluk being a lingual braces orthodontist, we are confident that we’ll find the perfect match for you.
“What’s the difference between lingual braces and Invisalign?”
Lingual braces are somewhat similar to traditional braces except for where they are located in the mouth (behind the teeth) and Invisalign technology is a clear plastic guard that fits over the teeth. Typically the lingual approach is quicker at realigning teeth and more effective for moving teeth as some teeth may not be corrected using Invisalign.
As a provider of both lingual braces and Invisalign, Dr. Danyluk can assist you in deciding what’s best for you.
“Are hidden braces more difficult to take care of?”
Not necessarily, but with any braces proper care is important. Given that they are located behind the teeth makes oral rinses, twice daily brushing and regular exams a must. All of these healthy dental habits are important components to proper lingual braces care.
For comfort reasons, using wax on the lower teeth is recommended to lessen the chance of any irritation to the tongue.
For Before & After Photos of Lingual Braces click here!
The History of Lingual Braces
Bracelets, rings and necklaces have always made great fashion accessories … braces not so much. Braces can be a little awkward, especially for adults. But there is a solution! Positioned behind your teeth, lingual braces are a quicker and more discrete way to straighten your teeth.
The First Attempts
In the 1970s, the first doctors to attempt a form of hidden braces took traditional braces and cemented them to the back of their patient’s teeth. This technique hid the braces, but it was very problematic. Not only did brackets commonly fall off, but the bulky braces did not achieve the same results that wearing braces on the front of the teeth would.
Advancements in technology allow orthodontists to come up with a viable solutions for lingual braces. Arch wires were designed to fit on the inside of the teeth and individual brackets were created for each tooth. The combination of properly fitted arch wires and brackets effectively hid braces and achieved results. Unfortunately, it was very uncomfortable.
The Alias Lingual Bracket Development Team
Dr. Ken Danyluk and a group of top orthodontists from around the world formed the Alias Lingual Bracket Development Team. Their goal was to find a solution to minimize their patient’s discomfort during lingual treatment. After years of collaboration, the new Alias bracket was designed to minimize friction while producing continuous tooth movements over time. This new bracket gave their patients the smile they had always wanted while keeping them comfortable and virtually pain-free.
In today’s market, not all orthodontists offer lingual braces due to the considerable amount of training and technical expertise that is necessary to complete successful cases. Dr. Danyluk not only specializes in lingual; he also runs the largest lingual practice in all of North America. His experience and expertise make him the top orthodontist to visit if you’re interested in all types of hidden braces.
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