Lingual braces are orthodontic devices used to straighten teeth like traditional braces, but unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are fixed to the backside of teeth instead of to the front side.
The lingual braces and the esthetic orthodontic treatment by the lingual braces were first introduced in American Journal of Orthodontics by professor Fujita in 1979 with the development of the bracket bonding resin. At first, the lingual orthodontic treatment was not considered as a routine treatment technique because of the limitations in indication and the lack of the satisfactory treatment results.
However, during the past 35 years, various lingual braces, indirect bonding systems, and treatment techniques have been developed and modified in Korea, Japan, Europe, and America to the extent that the treatment results obtained with lingual appliances are equally achieved with labial appliances and that the limitations in indication are almost vanished.
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For 25 years, we have used Fujita’s multi-slotted lingual brackets and its associated mushroom archwires, who is the originator of lingual orthodontics. By the change of the time, the concept of the straight archwire also came into request in lingual orthodontics, which could not keep up with the Fujita lingual bracket. ...more