Are you embarrassed to show off your smile because of crooked teeth? Do you wish you had braces when you were younger, but are hesitant to get them now?
OrthoArts – a Vancouver-based orthodontist practice headed by Dr. Anthony Strelzow –offers patients a wide variety of “invisible” treatment options for anyone (young or old) who wants a better smile without anyone knowing you’re wearing braces.
Unlike traditional braces, one of these “secret” treatment options are known as lingual braces – braces that are attached to the back of your teeth. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Strelzow is an expert on hiding your braces, but not your smile.
Who is a good candidate for lingual braces?
Lingual braces are a great choice for people who are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces, and would like an invisible way of fixing their smile. They’re a good option for adults, especially for those working in industries that require frequent client interactions. Invisible braces allow you to flash your smile with confidence while you’re in the process of straightening your teeth.
Do you play lots of sports, or love to play a reed instrument? If this sounds like you, lingual braces are actually the ideal choice for straightening your teeth. Having the brackets on the back of teeth reduces the chance of laceration to the lips and cheeks.
How do they work?
Like traditional braces, they work by putting continuous, gentle pressure on your teeth to guide them into place. Though, the initial fitting process is different for lingual braces. First an impression of your teeth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory. These impressions are then used to create customized wires and brackets for your teeth with the help of 3D technology. This process creates brackets that are perfectly shaped to fit your teeth.
Putting braces on the backs of teeth means the mounting surface and space between the brackets is much smaller. For this reason, placement and adjustment needs to be more precise. In addition, teeth respond differently when pressure is applied to the back rather than the front. These differences mean orthodontists require special training and technical expertise to offer lingual braces to their patients.
At OrthoArts, we offer two different types of lingual braces – Incognito and Harmony. These two systems are similar in that they’re both invisible, completely customizable, and use 3D technology. The main difference between the two is that Harmony lingual braces feature self-ligating brackets. This means there is a clip built into the bracket that holds the wire, eliminating the need for elastic ties. This technology translates into faster treatment time and shorter appointments.
Lingual braces are effective at treating even the most challenging orthodontic cases, and are suitable for people of all ages. If you’re interested in secretly straightening your teeth, call OrthoArts today to set up a free consultation and learn more about our services.