Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that they also use brackets and wires to move teeth into position. However, unlike standard metal braces, they are attached behind the teeth rather than in front, making them essentially invisible to other people. Treatment time is similar to that of metal braces, and most patients are candidates thanks to the sheer versatility of this orthodontic option from Dr. Hakim.
Although discretion is a major reason why many patients choose this option from our expert in lingual braces in Los Angeles, these appliances are also very low profile and offer improved comfort for patients. The brackets may abrade the tongue until patients become accustomed to their new braces, but the absence of brackets on the front of the teeth means that the cheeks are not exposed to any irritation.
Lingual braces are designed to work on most types of bite irregularities that can be treated by traditional metal braces, making this orthodontic option open to most adult patients who visit our Los Angeles lingual braces expert. In some cases, however, patients with shorter teeth or special treatment requirements may not qualify for lingual braces. Some patients who want discreet orthodontic correction may find that even if they do not qualify for treatment with clear braces (aligners), they can still receive lingual ones.
Lingual braces treatment begins with a visit to our expert in lingual braces in Los Angeles, who takes bite impressions and X-rays in preparation for placement. After bonding the brackets to the teeth and running the arch wire through them, Dr. Hakim schedules regular visits for patients to have their braces tightened. Once treatment is complete, our orthodontist gives patients retainers to preserve their results.
Patients who visit our Los Angeles lingual braces expert for their orthodontic care will receive instructions to follow during treatment. These instructions may include recommendations to brush more carefully and avoid excessively hard or cold foods. By scheduling a consultation with our Los Angeles orthodontist, patients can learn more about how lingual braces work and find out if they are candidates for this form of orthodontics.