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The History Of Lingual Braces

The History of Lingual Braces

A Fashion Statement?

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 discreet way to straighten your teeth.

In the 1970s, the first doctors to attempt lingual 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.

The Next Step In The Evolution of Lingual Braces

With the rise of digital technology, orthodontists were able to come up with a viable solution for lingual braces. Archwires were designed to fit on the inside of the teeth and individual brackets were created for each tooth. The combination of properly fitted archwires and brackets effectively hid braces and achieved results. Unfortunately, it was very uncomfortable.

A group of top orthodontists and I from around the world formed the Alias Lingual Bracket Development Team. Our 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 our patients the smile they had always wanted while keeping them comfortable and virtually pain-free.


Call or email us today to see this and other differences that we provide our patients at Team Orthodontics. 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

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