About Lingual Braces and Orthodontics

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances can be ceramic or metal and are bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. Dr. Hunter uses In-Ovation® C ceramic brackets which have a metal clip that engages the wire without the need for ties that can stain over time. If you elect to use metal brackets, you can select the color of the ties that engage the wire in the metal brackets. Wires are now less noticeable and allow faster tooth movement with less discomfort to patients.

Benefits of Braces

Lingual Invisible Braces (Harmony®, In-Ovation® L)

As technology evolves, so do your options for straightening teeth. In-Ovation L and Harmony completey invisible braces attach to the interior (lingual) side of the teeth, (called lingual braces) so no one will know you are wearing braces but you. Your individual treatment plan will be designed by Dr. Hunter, who specializes in providing the most effective and advanced options for lingual orthodontics.

Harmony Linguial Completely Invisible Braces Photo Harmony is the world's most advanced digitally customized invisible solution. Dr. Hunter is a certified provider of the Harmony System and will utilize their exclusive advanced technology in his computer-assisted treatment.

Harmony's combination of digital expertise and self-ligating technology delivers better results than aligners, offering you the ultimate solution for precise tooth alignment in a highly efficient, completely invisible system.

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Ceramic Braces (In-Ovation® C)

This is an esthetic ceramic brace that blends well with the color of tooth enamel. It has a metal self-ligating clip that engages the arch wire instead of colored ties. Oral hygiene is improved since the metal clip replaces colored ties, which can collect plaque and discolor. There is no additional fee for ceramic braces at Dr. Hunter's office since he strives to provide the most esthetic appliances to all of his patients.

Clear Aligner Therapy (Invisalign®, ClearCorrect™)

Invisalign is a series of clear aligner trays that are made with computer-imaging technology. Mild misalignment (malocclusions) can be addressed by aligners. Aligners must be worn 22 out of 24 hours every day to ensure that tooth movement progresses. Your teeth will move slowly as you sequentially replace aligners about every two weeks.

Composite-bonded attachments are necessary for aligner retention and for certain tooth movements. The treatment time and number of aligners depend on the severity of the patient's malocclusion. Complex tooth movements require the addition of fixed appliances, ceramic or lingual braces.

Child Orthodontics

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have an examination by an orthodontist by age 7, or earlier for certain malocclusions. Common malocclusions that are addressed early include: crossbites, open bites, deep bites, habits, jaw growth imbalances, protruding front teeth, severe crowding and spacing, and impacted and ectopic teeth. If Dr. Hunter determines that your child is not ready for treatment at this time, he will recommend follow up visits to evaluate growth and development, and determine the appropriate time to initiate treatment. Dr. Hunter prefers to keep first stage treatment time to a minimum, approximately 12-18 months, to maintain patient cooperation. For these patients, a second phase of treatment will be considered after the majority of permanent teeth have erupted.

The majority of child patients can be efficiently treated with comprehensive (single phase) treatment. This treatment is initiated on average between 10 and 13 years of age.

Adult Orthodontics

It's never too late to improve your smile! Orthodontic treatment can be provided at any age; in fact, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Adults often have many treatment options that may partially or completely correct their malocclusion. Dr. Hunter will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option during your consultation appointment. Dr. Hunter is active in emerging technologies including Harmony Invisible Braces that attach to the interior (lingual) side of your teeth. (see above)

Many adult patients must wear a retainer long-term after braces have been removed to maintain ideal alignment. A fixed retainer, small wire bonded on the tongue side of the teeth, may be necessary to preserve your beautiful results.

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