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 more discreet treatment while still offering the same orthodontic benefits.
At Manhattan Dental Practices, we understand that each patient has their own goals and needs and strive to tailor treatment to you for the best possible experience. Dr. Anish Gala is a board-certified orthodontist and can provide detail-oriented care to help you efficiently align your smile at our New York, NY, practice.
Lingual braces are placed on the back side, or lingual side, or the teeth. In addition to the difference in placement, the brackets must also be custom-made for the shape of your teeth. In most other respects, though, lingual braces work much like traditional braces. By applying continuous force to the teeth, teeth will be shifted into proper alignment. Typically, treatment takes about 18 to 36 months depending on the severity of misalignment.
Brackets and wires adhere to the back of teeth. However, elastic bands are not required. This is because special brackets are used which clip onto the wire instead. At Manhattan Dental Practices, we use nano braces, very small braces that minimize noticeability.
Lingual braces offer patients several distinct advantages. They are often referred to as 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 be aware of their orthodontic treatment. Additionally, patients who are active and play contact sports can enjoy the peace of mind of a reduced risk of injury since brackets are not pressed against the lips.
You may be a candidate for lingual braces if:
However, lingual braces are not the best solution for every patient. We offer several types of braces, including invisible options, to help you accomplish your goals with truly individualized treatment.
The discretion of lingual braces can reduce self-consciousness...
For patients with mild to moderate malocclusion, Invisalign® may be an option for you. We also offer ceramic braces which use tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of traditional metal brackets. However, while less noticeable, this option is not completely invisible: the wires are still silver. 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, she will only recommend the treatment best suited to your needs for the best possible outcome.
To make orthodontic treatment more affordable, we accept financing through CareCredit®. The lender offers a variety of payment plan options tailored to your budget so that you do not have to pay for treatment all at once.
Not only can straighter teeth help you feel more confident after treatment but the discretion of lingual braces can reduce self-consciousness throughout the process. To learn more about lingual braces, contact us online or call us at (646) 216-5321.