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Lingual technique

Lingual technique

Many adult patients request the invisible correction of malpositioned teeth as they are often in employment and reluctant to use conventional, fixed braces.

The orthodontic treatment of adults includes not only the aesthetic and functional correction of malpositioned (crooked) teeth but also the treatment of a malpositioned jaw. We also treat patients who need a combination of orthodontic care and oral surgery. Oral surgery is usually supplemented with preoperative and follow-up treatment from your orthodontist. You can also take advantage of preoperative treatment from your orthodontist in Baar in order to create the ideal conditions for denture fitting.

At our Baar-based specialist orthodontic practice for children, adolescents and adults, as well as dental sleep medicine, we offer a range of services including invisible solutions to correct malpositioned teeth, especially in adult patients.

What is the lingual technique?

Many adult patients request the invisible correction of malpositioned teeth as they are often in employment and reluctant to use conventional, fixed braces.

In this context, we successfully deploy two different systems based on the lingual technique: the Incognito appliance (3M/Unitek AG) and the WIN system (DW Lingual Systems GmbH). These systems allow us to achieve outstanding treatment outcomes at our specialist orthodontic practices.

Both systems are characterised by the fact that the specially flattened brackets they use are attached to the inside of the teeth (lingual = facing the tongue). Threaded through these brackets are archwires, which are replaced by your orthodontist over the course of treatment depending on treatment progress.

The lingual technique has some obvious advantages: you receive fixed braces that not only help to correct your malposition but that are also invisible to the outside observer. Moreover, Professor Rose and his team have found that the use of the lingual technique considerably reduces the risk of tooth decay (by a factor of 10). Another advantage is that the fronts of the teeth are not covered by brackets, so our patients can clearly observe the gradual movement of their teeth.

What should I expect?

The first step is an intensive consultation with your orthodontist in order to clarify, among other things, whether your malpositioned teeth can be treated with a lingual brace. This is followed by diagnostic steps including a clinical examination of the oral cavity, taking digital impressions of the jaws and the use of imaging techniques.

Your orthodontist will then evaluate the gathered data as the basis for developing your individual treatment plan.

The next step is to manufacture the slender and extremely flat brackets of the fixed appliance. Following thorough cleaning and preparation of the tooth surface, your orthodontist glues these brackets to the inside of the teeth before attaching them to an elastic archwire.

After a short settling-in period, the tongue and oral mucosa adapt to the new situation and the patient no longer finds the braces irritating. If any problems occur, please contact our practice immediately.

Regular monitoring of treatment progress is a matter of course for our team. At these check-ups, your orthodontist examines the current tooth position and replaces the elastic archwire if circumstances so require.

Is there anything else you’d like to know?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about the lingual technique. The team at our specialist orthodontic practice will be happy to help!

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