Levens Lingual Braces are invisible orthodontic braces that are placed behind your teeth so that no one will even know you are wearing braces. These unique, computer-designed braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized for you and your smile.
Lingual braces offer the best of both worlds. They provide the effectiveness of traditional braces with the discretion of clear aligners. So, whether you are a younger patient or an adult, if you're looking for a treatment that is capable of handling aggressive orthodontic issues without broadcasting to the world that you're straightening your teeth, lingual braces may be the right choice for you.
The process starts with a digital scan (no molds!) of your teeth to make a customized setup of the goal for your treatment. Your new smile is shaped by Dr. Levens using a digital representation of your actual teeth to make sure the finished targeted result is the best it can be for your smile and dental health. Once the braces are placed, the robotically bent wires start moving your teeth towards the desired target tooth positions and bite from the first day of your treatment. This is one reason why the results are typically more accurate and reached more quickly than non-customized braces. These lingual braces also allow patients to have a more comfortable orthodontic experience as the brackets are custom made to uniquely fit the shape of each misaligned tooth, which means less pressure on your teeth.
Sometimes we can recommend Lingual Lite Hidden Braces as the perfect choice for your treatment. If you have a good back bite, we can use Lite Braces on just your front teeth. Common problems such as minor crowding, alignment or spacing between your front teeth can be corrected using this method. The difference between Levens Lingual treatments and Levens Lite is that the braces are only applied to the primary teeth that need fixing. The treatment time is typically shorter and it is less expensive than most other types of orthodontic treatments. Which is why this is a great option for those wanting to fix the aesthetic appearance of their front teeth through cosmetic orthodontics without having to get an entire set of a braces. Note that the decrease in the number of brackets does not have an impact on the effectiveness of the system.
Levens Orthodontics is recognized by 3M Unitek as the only Center of Excellence Provider of Levens Lingual Hidden Braces in Missouri or Southern Illinois. Orthodontists designated as a Center of Excellence Provider have achieved the highest level of experience using this technique. In addition, Dr. Levens is the only orthodontist in the country with a Master's degree in Lingual Orthodontics making him the best trained orthodontist in the USA when it comes to delivering Lingual treatment.
Other adult options include:
For a more discreet look Levens Orthodontics is proud to present Sapphire braces. Unlike many "tooth colored" braces our choice is truly clear braces for your smile. Our transparent sapphire braces take on your natural tooth color because they are truly clear. And because these man-made sapphire braces are milled from one crystal there is no porosity in the material. You never have to worry about your braces staining. Only your closest confidents know you are wearing braces. The superior strength of the sapphire crystal also means they are low-profile and smaller than most clear braces for your comfort. There are no compromises in how these esthetic braces work compared to traditional braces. Strength, comfort and effectiveness all add up to one clear choice for your treatment—the clear sapphire choice!
Looking for an alternative to metal braces? Invisalign is a cosmetic method of straightening your teeth. Using clear, removable aligners we gradually and comfortably straighten your teeth. No wires to tighten and no brackets to see. And the best part is that your teeth start to look great from the beginning of your treatment. Nobody will know your secret as you show off your new smile.
Invisalign braces are removable making brushing and flossing easy. And since you remove the aligners when you eat there are no restrictions on your diet like most braces.
You and Dr. Levens will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once you and Dr. Levens establish that Invisalign is the right treatment option for you we will take a digital scan of your teeth to send to the Invisalign laboratory along with your photos, and x-rays of your teeth. Then, working with Dr. Levens on the plan for your treatment, the Invisalign lab manufacturers your custom aligners.
You will wear each aligner for two weeks before switching to the next one. Dr. Levens will want to check every four or six weeks to make sure the treatment is going as planned and to deliver your next sets of aligners.
Aligners are worn for about 22 hours a day but should be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. We will show you how to put them on and take them off but they are very easy and comfortable to place.