Questions to ask your doctor:
- About how many times will I have to return for an orthodontic check-up?
- Will I require teeth extractions?
On the day of treatment: Take ibuprofen an hour before the braces are secured to your teeth. This may help reduce any discomfort as the braces are attached.
What To Expect
During the consultation appointment, impressions are taken of your teeth. From this, a digital image can be generated. The computerized 3-D image is sent to an off-site dental laboratory where lingual braces are crafted.
The brackets are sent back to the orthodontist in a soft-sided plastic applicator. They are then positioned and fixed to the lingual side of your teeth using a special dental cement. Once in place, wires are threaded through the brackets and then tightened. Gums may feel sore for the first one to four weeks.
How Painful Is It?
Because lingual braces shift the teeth, an increase in pressure may be felt on the teeth and gums.
Options for anesthesia: Anesthesia is not required.