Am I A Candidate for the LingualWirelign® Procedure?
This technique can be used in a variety of clinical situations such as minor to moderate crowding, relapse after orthodontic treatment and assistance in tooth movement with patients using aligner systems. The procedure is typically limited to the upper and lower anterior teeth. If you are still not sure if you are a candidate and are still interested, click here to find a LingualWirelign® Provider near you.
How New Is This Procedure?
The LingualWirelign® procedure was developed by an orthodontist at the forefront of developing new orthodontic techniques throughout his career. Dr. Benjamin A. Cassalia has been working with and perfecting the LingualWirelign® procedure for over 15 years. His mission is to provide an orthodontic treatment option that is unlike any other available. One that is completely invisible, significantly more comfortable that it goes unnoticed. Thus, creating solutions for orthodontic problems for adults and self-conscious teens.
Which Teeth Can Be Corrected?
The LingualWirelign® procedure is typically limited to the upper and lower anterior teeth or the socially visible teeth (6 front teeth on upper and lower arches), however we are capable of addressing full arch problems in certain circumstances.
Will This Procedure Affect My Lifestyle?
Since the LingualWirelign® procedure does not use any brackets and the super elastic wire is bonded closely to the teeth, speech related problems are nonexistent. It is significantly more comfortable compared to typical braces and removable aligner systems. Since the wires are bonded behind the teeth the procedure is completely concealed and there are very few eating restrictions.
What Is The Cost of the LingualWirelign® Procedure?
For each individual situation cost can vary. LingualWirelign® concentrates on the anterior (front) teeth. Cost will depend on the number of teeth that need to be moved, the treatment time, and which arches (upper and/or lower) need treatment.
There are a few factors that figure into the cost of the LingualWirelign® procedure. Some of these include:
—The degree of correction required
—How many treatment activations are needed
—The degree of correction you and your orthodontist decide upon
—Your orthodontist’s fees
—Where you live
Due to these factors and especially because LingualWirelign® treatments are tailored to individual patients, cost will vary from person to person. The best way to determine your individual cost is by talking to your orthodontist. To find a LingualWirelign® provider near you, click here.
Will My Teeth Stay Straight After The Procedure?
The philosophy in terms of retention varies among orthodontists, but most recommend lifetime retention. Teeth have a memory and have a tendency to relapse. A significant number of patients that inquire about LingualWirelign® have had relapse from previous orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will discuss your retention options at your initial appointment.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
Results are typically seen within weeks of initial activation; however, depending on the degree of the situation more significant results are seen within subsequent appointments.
What Exactly Is The Procedure?
The technique utilizes small pieces of nickel titanium wires, similar to the wires used in typical orthodontic bracket systems. The wires are placed strategically on the Lingual surface of the teeth (behind the teeth), activated and then bonded to the surface of the teeth to produce the desired tooth movement. The procedure is similar to the placement of many orthodontic appliances.
What Is The Process of the Entire Procedure?
New Patient Consultation: Your orthodontist will do a complete exam to determine the best treatment option for your orthodontic needs and determine if you are a candidate for the LingualWirelign® procedure.
Diagnostic records & Initial Placement of Wires Appointments: (diagnostic molds or scans for cast models, x-rays, photographs) along with the Initial Placement of Wires. These appointments can be done together or separately. For the Diagnostic records appointment most doctors allow usually allow 30 minutes and the Initial Placement of Wires appointment usually allow 45 minutes. These are commonly scheduled together for which will allow an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
Adjustment/Change of Wires Appointments: will begin after the initial placement appointment which will be scheduled every 4-6 weeks for 30-45 minutes depending on the tooth movement. Wires and bonding are removed at these appointments, repositioned and reactivated to continue tooth movement.
Insert a Fixed Retainer or Take Impressions for a Removable Retainer: once the desired teeth movement is achieved this appointment takes approximately 30 minutes. If Removable Retainers are selected an appointment is scheduled approximately 2 weeks after impressions.
Retention Checks: follow up appointments are recommended to monitor retention.
*Appointment timing may vary depending on the office.