Are lingual braces (hidden braces behind the teeth) the right type of orthodontic treatment choice for you?
Let’s take a look at the past, present, and future of lingual braces to help you to make a better decision on your orthodontic treatment.
The History of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces have been in existence since the early 80’s. Its early development was primarily in Beverly Hills (Dr. Kurz), and Japan (Dr. Fujita). The desire for patients to have an aesthetically pleasing option during their orthodontic treatment was the primary driving force for the development of lingual braces. Early difficulties with lingual braces included application techniques and cumbersome appliance sizes. This resulted in many North American orthodontists opting to not continue working with lingual as a braces alternative. They were simply more comfortable staying with traditional braces that are applied to the outside of the teeth. However, orthodontists in Europe and Asia continued to refine the actual appliance and improve their techniques. This resulted in a vastly improved patient experience with lingual braces.
The Present State State of Lingual Braces
It takes special training to treat a patient with lingual braces. Many American orthodontists are still reluctant to use this method of braces alternative. Appliance advances in the past ten years (e.g. Incognito and STB/Alias braces from Ormco) have resulted in more refined teeth corrective techniques, significantly greater patient comfort and the ability to treat any type of orthodontic issue to a level comparable with traditional exterior metal braces
Like any type of orthodontic appliance or procedure, initial tooth movement tends to result in some short-term tenderness in the teeth, which quickly lessens. Like any other braces, there is also some initial irritation to the surrounding soft tissue for one to two weeks that also dissipates quickly. Highly trained orthodontists who work with skilled teams are key to obtaining a positive experience with lingual braces. This pertains to both the treatment and the results you are looking to achieve with your lingual braces.
The Future of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are like owning a sports car…it can do a lot for you, but if you don’t know how to drive it, the experience can be disappointing.
Fortunately, Team Orthodontics has been successfully caring for patient’s lingual orthodontic needs since 2004. That experience and expertise have resulted in Team O becoming one of the best and largest lingual orthodontic practices in North America. That recognition has resulted in numerous out-of-market patients traveling to Arizona to seek our care. It has also lead to Dr. Danyluk being chosen in 2011 for a leading international consortium on lingual braces. This prestigious panel will share their collective knowledge with the world’s largest lingual braces manufacturer in order to refine the techniques and product used in lingual technology.
With industry-leading knowledge and experience, Team Orthodontics is your best option for lingual braces in Phoenix. You’ll have the advantage of Dr. Danyluk, who is deeply connected to lingual orthodontics supervising your treatment as well as his staff who have applied thousands of lingual braces.
If you have an interest in lingual braces or just want to learn more about this treatment option, call or email us today. Reach out to our Ahwatukee orthodontist office or our Gilbert orthodontist office and we’ll do our best to help you out with all your orthodontic needs.
Written by Dr. Ken Danyluk, Orthodontist at Team Orthodontics