What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces are an orthodontic method for the regulation of malpositioned teeth and basically follow the principle of fixed braces with the difference that they are attached to the inside of the teeth. The lingual braces are often called invisible braces, because the brackets and wires cannot be seen from the outside.
For our younger patients and particularly for adults in their working lives, this type of invisible braces offers an effective and uncomplicated method of treatment to correct malpositioned teeth or gaps between teeth in a long-term and discrete manner. In the case of slight tooth misalignments, partial treatment of only the front with lingual braces is also recommended in many cases.
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Lingual braces - Treatment procedure and duration
As before every treatment in our orthodontics practice in Munich, we first have a detailed conversation with the patient and thoroughly examine the current dental situation before fitting lingual braces (WIN®). This includes an impression of the teeth, a 3D scan and the preparation of x-rays of the jaw and oral cavity. The special 3D scan allows a quick and, compared to the normal dental impression, much more comfortable way to obtain a precise image of the oral cavity.
If the orthodontic findings are available, we will decide together which method is best suited for the individual case and create a treatment plan. In a further appointment we will then fit the lingual braces to the inside of the tooth. The brackets are attached using a special adhesive and then connected with an orthodontic wire. This precisely adjusted system exerts pressure on the teeth and causes the teeth to be moved step by step into the desired position.
To check the invisible braces, check-ups are necessary at regular intervals at our practice in Munich to ensure that the braces are correctly fitted and that the teeth respond to the treatment as desired. During the first days after the braces are fitted, the patient should be prepared for an uncomfortable feeling of pressure and slight pain in the periodontium. Furthermore, the pronunciation can be influenced during the first days. After a few days and a short period of getting used to the braces, however, these initial difficulties subside.
The duration of the treatment of a tooth correction with lingual braces depends on the degree of malocclusion and the desired treatment result.
Lingual braces - Costs and health insurance
Patients with statutory health insurance can individually agree on lingual braces with their dentist within the scope of non-contractual services.
Privately insured patients are reimbursed for the cost of lingual braces according to the rate agreed upon. Here, too, it is advisable to clarify the reimbursement of costs in advance.
For whom are the invisible braces suitable?
Correcting malpositioned teeth with lingual braces is a proven method of orthodontics and is suitable for all persons and most dental situations (cross bite, open bite, etc.)
The braces behind your teeth - Care and cleaning
Braces make it more difficult to clean the teeth and especially the interdental spaces, due to attached brackets and wires. For example, fine dental brushes and special mouth rinsing systems guarantee thorough tooth cleaning during this period. In order to avoid caries and to maintain healthy oral hygiene, our orthodontics practice in Munich will be happy to give you tips and tricks on how to clean your teeth during orthodontic treatment.