and Augusto Ureña1
Department of Orthodontics, Maimonides University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lingual orthodontics is here to stay.
An increasing number of adults, adolescents, and children consider it the only alternative to orthodontic treatment. They don’t settle for the professional opinion of a single doctor who might not recommend it for their particular treatment. Quite the contrary, keeping their objective in mind, they tend to seek out doctors who use this technique.
That is why this treatment option should be available to patients in all offices. It is possible to assure that the results obtained by using lingual orthodontics is as good as those obtained with labial orthodontics and that once treatment has ended, it is difficult to determine what type of technique was used (Harfin and Ureña 2010).
Since the objective of this book is to provide a simple and efficient way to treat patients with lingual brackets without depending on expensive and outside laboratories, step-by-step procedures are described in each chapter (Harfin and Ureña 2010; Hiro 2011).
Today adult patients are looking for more and more invisible orthodontics to treat not only simple but severe malocclusions too, no matter the amount of periodontal attachment that was present.
As the orthodontist is the one who decides the best treatment plan for the patient, he/she determines the best position and inclination of the teeth.
It is totally accepted that the indirect method not only increases safety and reduces chair time but also improves efficiency and efficacy.
The degree of speech problems or other signs of discomfort during the first week is bearable. After that, the patient doesn’t have any more inconveniences during the rest of the treatment.
In some cases, the lingual technique can even be a better choice to labial orthodontics, not only because it is totally invisible but also because it may present greater advantages from the biomechanical point of view (deep overbite, diastemata, etc.) (Romano 2011).
To achieve optimum results in a reasonable period of time, the exact positioning of the brackets is mandatory.
In the future, lingual orthodontic treatment would be considered a routine treatment technique.