Dr. Metelka is one of a very few orthodontists trained in Lingual Orthodontics. Because they are placed behind your teeth they are the only truly "invisible" treatment available. Dr. Metelka has been providing Lingual Orthodontics for over 20 years. Currently approximately 20% of our orthodontic patients are in lingual braces!

Lingual brackets are attached to the back side of the teeth, which have their own unique shape - unlike the front of each tooth, which is fairly uniform. Standard brackets are mass-produced, but each lingual bracket must be custom-formed to the unique shape of each individual tooth, providing for the ultimate in comfort and care.

There are many reasons to choose Lingual Braces:
  • Aesthetics: Because they are placed on the back side or your teeth, you can look great while you straighten your teeth…invisibly
  • Comfort: Most patients experience minimal discomfort and speech interference - after a short adjustment period you will be able to eat and speak normally
  • Experience: Dr. Metelka has successfully completed hundreds of Lingual cases over the past 20 years

Will my speech be affected? As with traditional braces, every person reacts differently. However, most patients do not experience a speech problem. Those patients who do experience a minor speech problem during the first couple of weeks find that this improves with each passing day. Will it be painful? For the first two weeks after your braces are put on, your tongue, lips and teeth may be sore, just as they would be with traditional braces. You will be given instructions from Dr. Metelka as to how to care for and adjust to your new braces. Is it expensive? Because of the specialized nature of lingual orthodontics, they are slightly more expensive than traditional braces. Although treatment time is similar, the cost of using lingual braces is higher. This is because the treatment is more sophisticated and the personal time and training required by the orthodontist and his staff is considerably greater. What about soreness? Cleaning? Soreness of the tongue usually lasts only for a few weeks. Frequently salt water rinses help avoid discomfort. Once the oral tissues have "toughened" the braces are very comfortable. It is vitally important for you to maintain good oral hygiene. Regular exams by your family dentist are necessary during the orthodontic treatment period. A water pick or electronic toothbrush is also helpful.
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