A Hidden Transformation: What Orthodontic Treatment Is Like with Lingual Braces
Are you dreaming of a perfectly aligned smile but hesitant about the appearance of traditional braces? Lingual braces may be the solution you’ve been searching for. These discreet orthodontic appliances work wonders while remaining nearly invisible to others. In this blog post, we’ll explore what orthodontic treatment is like with lingual braces, from the initial consultation to the final reveal of your beautifully transformed smile.
Initial Consultation and Evaluation:
Your journey to a straighter smile begins with a consultation with Dr. Davila who specializes in lingual braces. During this appointment, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth, bite, and oral health. We also will discuss your treatment goals and determine if lingual braces are the right choice for you.
Customized Treatment Plan:
If lingual braces are suitable for your needs, Dr. Davila will create a personalized treatment plan. This plan includes precise measurements and a comprehensive outline of the adjustments needed to achieve your desired smile.
Placement of Lingual Braces:
Unlike traditional braces that are visible on the front of your teeth, lingual braces are attached to the back, or lingual side, of your teeth. This unique placement makes them virtually invisible when you smile. During the initial appointment for brace placement, your orthodontic assistant will bond the brackets to the lingual side of your teeth and thread the wires through them.
Just like with traditional braces, you may experience some discomfort or soreness during the first few days after getting lingual braces. It’s completely normal as your mouth adapts to the presence of the braces. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any discomfort. You may also have difficulties with speech for the first couple of weeks. Be sure to talk as much as possible so your tongue can get used to your new appliances as quickly as possible.
With your remote monitoring system, Dental Montioring, we will follow up on your progress weekly and let you know when is the best time to see you back in office. Typically we see patients back every 12 – 16 weeks. During these visits, they will make necessary modifications to the wires and brackets to continue the alignment process.
Oral Hygiene and Diet:
Appearance and Confidence:
One of the significant advantages of lingual braces is their discrete nature. Since they’re hidden behind your teeth, most people won’t even notice you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. This can boost your confidence and reduce self-consciousness about your appearance.
Duration of Treatment:
The duration of treatment with lingual braces varies based on the complexity of your case and your treatment goals. On average, it can range from 18 months to 3 years, however this type of treatment is usually much quicker than traditional braces. Your orthodontist will provide a personalized estimate based on your specific needs.
Brace Removal and Retainers:
When your teeth have reached their desired positions, your orthodontic team will carefully remove the lingual braces. You will then be fitted with retainers to maintain your new smile. Wearing retainers as prescribed is crucial to prevent any relapse.
Enjoying Your Discreetly Transformed Smile:
With your lingual braces off and your beautifully aligned smile revealed, you’ll experience a newfound sense of confidence and pride in your appearance. Lingual braces offer the best of both worlds: effective orthodontic treatment and discreet aesthetics.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential when you have lingual braces. Your orthodontic assistant will provide instructions on how to effectively brush and floss around the braces. You’ll also need to be cautious about your diet, avoiding foods that are hard or sticky to prevent damage to the braces.
Orthodontic treatment with lingual braces is a journey that combines the power of modern orthodontics with a discreet approach to achieving your dream smile. Throughout the process, your orthodontist will guide you, ensuring your treatment is as comfortable and effective as possible. Embrace this hidden transformation and look forward to a lifetime of smiles with confidence!