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Frequently Asked Questions About Lingual Braces
Lingual or invisible braces are braces that sit on the back side of the teeth. As a result, hidden lingual braces have the unique advantage of being the only truly invisible way of straightening teeth! This makes them the treatment option of choice for teens and adults wanting a smile transformation without anybody knowing.
Anyone who can wear traditional braces can have invisible braces! In fact, our patients with lingual braces range from 13 to 80 years old!
Lingual braces are an attractive option for teens and adults seeking a truly invisible solution to their orthodontic needs. This is probably the most common deciding factor for many prospective patients.
However, there are other considerations to keep in mind. Depending on your teeth, the conditions you present with, and your personal preferences, we may recommend lingual or invisible braces.
Lingual or invisible braces work just as well as traditional braces on the outside of the teeth. In some cases, they are more efficient than both traditional braces and clear aligners like Invisalign.
Using a 3D scan of your teeth, we will fit the lingual braces to a 3D printed resin model. A flexible transfer tray will then be made to apply them all at once to your teeth. This helps make the first appointment smoother and faster. Once the brackets are applied behind the teeth, they are connected by a wire. Over the course of treatment, we will change your wires and make adjustments as necessary to move the teeth in their proper position.
Very few orthodontists in North America have made the commitment to refine the skills required to successfully treat patients with lingual braces. This additional knowledge can take the orthodontic team years to hone and acquire. In addition, lingual braces are more expensive to design and fabricate since they are uniquely made to fit your teeth, and no one else’s. It is therefore no surprise that braces behind the teeth cost a little more than traditional braces.
Our office is one of only a handful of orthodontic offices across the country to have extensive experience in lingual orthodontics. Our team is uniquely qualified to discuss with you whether lingual or invisible braces are right for you. We can discuss these options at your initial complimentary appointment which will include an examination as well as a presentation of your treatment options and their associated costs.
We offer in-house financing. The process is easy and straightforward.
We first bill your insurance directly and the remainder will be distributed across a records fee for diagnostic purposes (this includes photos, x-rays, and 3D models), a one-time down-payment due at the time we begin orthodontic treatment, and monthly payments on a day of your choice.
We also work with Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
Finally, we offer discounts to patients who pay for their entire treatment prior to or on the day of braces application, so be sure to ask us at your complimentary initial consultation if that is an option you are interested in.
Both lingual braces behind the teeth and Invisalign offer unique advantages. There are many factors that may influence our orthodontists to recommend one over the other. What matters is choosing an orthodontic system based on its inherent strengths for any particular condition. In other words, we believe that choosing the right tool for the right job will minimize treatment time and maximize treatment results.