If you have been hesitant to straighten your smile because you do not want to wear traditional braces, lingual braces may be a fitting solution for you. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth to provide discreet treatment while still offering the same orthodontic benefits.
At Manhattan Dental Practices, we understand that each patient has their own goals and needs. You can count on us to personalize your treatment for the best possible results. Dr. Anish Gala in New York, NY, is a board-certified orthodontist who can provide detail-oriented care to help you align your smile.
Lingual braces are placed on the back (lingual), surfaces of the teeth. In addition to the difference in placement, the brackets must also be custom-made according to the shape of your teeth. In most other respects, lingual braces work much like traditional braces. By applying continual force, your teeth will gradually achieve proper alignment. Typically, treatment takes about 18 to 36 months, depending on the severity of misalignment.
When using this method of orthodontics, elastic bands are not required because special brackets are used to clip onto the wire. At Manhattan Dental Practices, we use nano braces, which are very small braces that minimize noticeability.
Lingual braces offer patients several distinct advantages. They are often called invisible braces because they are virtually unnoticeable to others. This often makes lingual braces a desirable option for professionals and teens who do not want others to notice their orthodontic treatment. Additionally, patients who are active and play contact sports can take advantage of a reduced risk of injury since the brackets do not contact the lips.
After treatment with traditional braces, many patients are concerned about white spots on their teeth. These spots are caused by decalcification. With lingual braces, signs of decalcification are hidden, allowing you to fully enjoy the results of your straighter smile.
Another benefit of lingual braces is that they remain on your teeth at all times. Other invisible solutions, such as Invisalign®, are removable. This means you face a risk of losing your mouthpiece each time you remove it. Hidden braces are always working, and they do not rely on you to remember to put them back in after eating or brushing your teeth.
You may be a candidate for lingual braces if:
However, lingual braces are not the best solution for every patient. For Dr. Gala to place lingual braces, your teeth must be long enough to provide sufficient room for the brackets. We generally do not recommend this type of braces for young children or patients with small teeth. In addition, patients with excessive alignment issues may not qualify for lingual braces.
It is important to keep in mind that lingual braces are custom made, so they can cost more than conventional braces. If cost is a concern for you, we can discuss your financing options or recommend an alternative option.
We offer several types of braces, including invisible options, to help you accomplish your goals with truly individualized treatment. Our team can assess your bite and discuss your preferences during a consultation to determine which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you.
When deciding which type of braces is right for you, there are a few additional aspects to consider. Some patients have difficulties getting used to lingual braces when they are first placed. While these braces do not cause irritation on the inside of the cheeks, patients sometimes experience tongue irritation from the contact between their tongue and the brackets.
In addition, these braces can temporarily change your speech patterns. For the most part, these issues can be resolved within a few weeks of placement. Hidden braces also require changes to your oral hygiene routine.
The placement of lingual braces means they require extra care to keep them clean. Since they are placed behind your teeth, it can be more difficult to remove all the food and plaque between your teeth and brackets. Our team will take all the time needed to teach you how to keep your braces clean. We can also recommend special tools and products to help ensure your smile remains healthy while you straighten your teeth.
For patients with mild to moderate malocclusion, Invisalign® may be an option for you. We also offer ceramic braces that use tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of traditional metal brackets. However, while less noticeable, the wire remains visible. In some cases, patients who suffer from very minor misalignment may choose to forgo orthodontic treatment completely and use porcelain veneers to conceal crooked teeth.
Dr. Gala can conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your bite using the latest technology. As an orthodontic specialist, he will only recommend the treatment best suited to your needs for the best possible outcome.
Dr. Gala can use our advanced iTero® digital scanner to take digital impressions of your smile. We will send this information to the fabrication company to create the custom wires and brackets.
Once your braces are ready, Dr. Gala will bond the brackets to the back surfaces of your teeth. Then he will attach the wires directly to the nano brackets. We will monitor your progress over the next 18 to 36 months, making adjustments as necessary to help you achieve a straight, healthy smile.
To make orthodontic treatment more affordable, we accept financing through CareCredit®. This lender offers a variety of payment plan options tailored to your budget so that you can afford to achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.
Thanks to modern innovations in orthodontics, achieving a straighter, healthier smile no longer means having to suffer feelings of self-consciousness throughout treatment. To learn more about lingual braces, contact us online or call us at (646) 216-5321.