Braces Behind Teeth
Lingual braces work like traditional metal braces, using a combination of brackets and wires, but they are bonded behind the teeth for discretion. This means that patients can choose this treatment from Dr. Hakim, our expert in braces behind teeth in Los Angeles, to avoid drawing unwanted attention while their teeth are being corrected. Furthermore, lingual braces are an option for many patients who want to avoid traditional metal braces but are ineligible for clear braces.
This orthodontic option from our expert in braces behind teeth in Los Angeles offers cosmetic benefits both during and potentially after treatment. During treatment, the placement of brackets behind teeth ensures that onlookers only see teeth rather than gleaming metal. The top lingual braces are totally invisible while the bottom ones are nearly so. Placement behind the teeth also means that lingual braces prevent a common problem associated with traditional metal braces, in which the fronts of the teeth show discoloration after the brackets are removed.
Braces Behind Teeth Los Angeles
Treatment begins with a visit to our expert in braces behind teeth in Los Angeles, who takes bite impressions and X-rays to plan placement and correction. During placement, Dr. Hakim bonds the brackets behind the teeth and threads arch wires through them. At regular appointments throughout treatment, Dr. Hakim tightens these wires in order to pull the teeth into their proper positions. After completion, which may take one to two years, Dr. Hakim removes the braces and gives patients a retainer to wear to preserve their results.
Lingual braces are an option for the majority of patients who visit our expert in braces behind teeth in Los Angeles. Because lingual braces work similarly to traditional metal braces, they can be used in all age groups for most types of bite irregularities. However, some patients with severe overbite or very short teeth may not qualify for lingual braces.
In addition to offering aesthetic support, lingual braces let patients avoid the cheek abrasion that is common with traditional metal braces. A consultation with our Los Angeles orthodontist, Dr. Hakim, can be scheduled to learn more about this treatment and discuss candidacy.