Lingual Braces in Rugby
What's meant by "lingual orthodontics"?
"Lingual" comes from Latin and means „on the side towards the tongue“. Lingual orthodontics refers to the correction of malaligned teeth by means of fixed appliances (braces) bonded to the inner side of the teeth. So correct tooth positioning can be achieved without the braces being seen.
Can any malalignment be corrected with lingual braces?
Yes. Whereas removable appliances allow only simple, minor tooth movements, especially with adults, even extreme malalignments can be corrected with lingual orthodontics.
What is the age limit for lingual braces?
There is no limit, provided the periodontal tissues are fundamentally intact, i.e. the teeth are still relatively firmly fixed in the bone. It is quite common to believe that braces are only suitable for children and adolescents. People tend to think "It's too late for me anyway", but they are often mistaken. Even patients in their sixties can be treated efficiently with fixed lingual appliances.
Are lingual braces also suitable for children?
Yes, but not until most of the permanent teeth have erupted.