Lingual Braces

Northwest Portland, The Pearl District and Downtown Portland

lingualLingual braces are an increasingly popular option for teens and adults who would benefit from conventional braces, but lingual braces have the added aesthetic benefit of being concealed behind the teeth.

Like many invisible braces options, lingual braces are custom crafted to fit your individual teeth and treat your specific bite condition. While lingual braces can correct many of the same conditions as other orthodontic treatments, they are not the best option for every patient; your personal consultation with Portland, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. JD Miller of Portland Pearl Orthodontics will determine if lingual braces are a good choice for you.

How do Lingual Braces Work?

Although they are placed discreetly on the back sides of your teeth, lingual braces straighten teeth using a similar design and technique as conventional braces. However, the brackets used in lingual braces are smaller than those of traditional braces, and each one is custom made for your corresponding tooth.

Like conventional braces, lingual braces employ an archwire to direct selective force on your teeth, progressively shifting them to the desired position according to your individual needs. As with traditional braces, lingual braces also require occasional office visits for adjustments.

Lingual braces may be used on both your upper and lower teeth, and they typically achieve results in the same time as conventional braces. Individual treatment times vary, and some patients may require the temporary follow-up use of a retainer.

Conditions Treatable with Lingual Braces

Lingual braces can effectively correct many of the same bite problems and teeth alignment conditions as conventional braces and invisible braces including:

  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gap teeth
  • Overbite
  • Rotated teeth
  • Spaced teeth
  • Underbite

Because of their placement, which avoids irritation to the cheeks and inner lips and mouth, lingual braces are often a good treatment option for athletes and musicians who play wind instruments.

If you would like to learn more about lingual braces, please contact the office of Portland Pearl Orthodontics to schedule your consultation with Portland, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. JD Miller.