What is invisible or lingual orthodontics?
Lingual orthodontics is the orthodontic technique that places the appliance on the lingual part of the teeth, on the back, making the treatment completely invisible. Nowadays, the concept of transparent orthodontics is confused with that of invisible orthodontics, the latter being the really invisible because it makes nothing visible during the treatment.
My eagerness to seek a treatment as aesthetic as possible for my patients took me in the year 93 to learn this technique in the United States since there is a technique that has been doing for many years. Here in Spain was not done because it was thought to be a technique that did not work and we were the first in Spain to use it to the point that if you asked for lingual technique was synonymous with Joan Pau Marcó because nobody else used this technique in our country .
Who can be treated with lingual orthodontics?
Anyone who needs an orthodontics and demands aesthetics during treatment can be treated with lingual orthodontics. From a teenage patient who is already starting to worry about his aesthetics to a 70-year-old patient. That is, anyone with any type of malocclusion that can be solved with a conventional orthodontic treatment can be solved with lingual orthodontics.
What are the advantages of lingual orthodontics?
The main advantage is that it is a completely invisible treatment and another important one is comfort , although many patients think that it is an uncomfortable treatment. You have to think that the tongue is a muscle and as such has the ability to adapt, so it adapts perfectly to the brackets and the patient has no discomfort. This makes the patient feel satisfied and motivated because he sees that his face and smile are improving without having to suffer the consequences of the classic and unsightly appliances.
Is lingual orthodontics more annoying than conventional orthodontics?
No, lingual orthodontics is a very comfortable orthodontics. It is important to emphasize that everything depends on the equipment you are going to place, therefore it is important that it is of quality and as small as possible. It also depends on the professional, since lingual orthodontics is an orthodontics of detail , in other techniques it may not be so important but in lingual technique it is very important: either you take care of the detail or the patient will have problems .
How do you see the future of lingual orthodontics?
It has a promising future, it is a very interesting technique, it comes from the 70s and today is very much in vogue in digital technologies to improve the diagnosis and the position of brackets. In orthodontics, the important thing is also the art of the professional who is going to treat it. We always say that it is easy to start treatments and more with new technologies, but the difficult thing is to finish the cases.