A lingual appliance is an orthodontic device that is placed between the teeth. Lingual braces are not as common as traditional braces, but they are gaining in popularity because of their low cost and high success rate.
There are two types of lingual braces: Invisalign and Inman Aligners. Both of these appliances are made from a plastic material that can be custom-made to fit your teeth. The difference between them is how they are placed on your teeth.
Inman Aligners are placed between the teeth, so they are not visible when you smile. Invisalign, on the other hand, are placed behind the teeth, so they are visible when you smile.
The cost for each type of lingual brace is different. Inman Aligners cost $250 to $600, while Invisalign costs anywhere from $600 to $1,200. You will need to have several visits to your orthodontist to have your Inman Aligner or Invisalign fitted. This is because the appliance needs to be adjusted every few weeks until it fits properly.
If you decide to use an Inman Aligner, you will need to take out all of your old appliances. This includes any braces you may already have. If you have Invisalign, you will only need to remove your retainer.
Once your new Inman Aligner is ready, you will go back to your orthodontist. He or she will place the Inman Aligner on your teeth. Once it is in place, he or she will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to make a mold of your teeth. The mold is then sent to a lab to create the appliance. It takes about four to six weeks for the Inman Aligner to be completed.
After your Inman Aligner is complete, you will need to return to your orthodontist’s office to have it removed. This will usually happen after a week or so. Your orthodontist will also check your teeth to make sure they are straight. He or she will adjust the Inman Aligner if necessary.