Do you want to show the world your smile, but not your braces? While traditional braces are placed on the front side of the teeth, Harmony braces are “lingual braces.” This means that they are placed on the inside surfaces of the teeth, facing the tongue. Harmony lingual braces are virtually invisible to onlookers, so you (and Dr. Hussain!) are the only ones who need to know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatments.
During the consultation period, Dr. Hussain will analyze your bite pattern, teeth, lifestyle and personal preferences to determine whether Harmony lingual braces are the right option for you. Once treatment starts, the first step is to take a thorough 3D digital scan of the teeth. The Harmony technical centre then creates digitally customized bracket pads and robotically formed arch wires, all customized specifically for your orthodontic needs and treatment plan.
Once bonded in place, Harmony lingual braces are virtually invisible. After an initial adjustment period, Harmony lingual braces are comfortable to wear and will not affect the patient’s speech. The Harmony system has self-litigating brackets, with a metal gate holding your archwire in place, instead of elastic o-rings. This helps to straighten your teeth efficiently and with less resistance, resulting in a more comfortable experience.
The earliest consistently documented work on lingual appliances began around 1975, when two orthodontists working independently in Japan and the United States started developing their own systems to place braces on the inside surfaces of the teeth. The early prototypes were based on modified, traditional “outside” braces. Much credit has been given to the late Dr. Craven Kurz of California, who with co-workers developed the early Kurz/Ormco lingual bracket system. However, over the same period, significant development was made by Professor Kinya Fujita, of Kanagawa Dental University in Japan, who continues to make great advances in this clinical discipline*.
Lingual Orthodontics: History, Misconceptions and Clarification
Paul H. Ling, DDS, MDS, MOrthRCS
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