The American Lingual Association of Orthodontists (ALOA) is an organization of those dedicated to using lingual braces. The American Lingual Orthodontic Association is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, more specifically to promote, educate and research lingual appliances in the field or orthodontics. The ALOA sponsors an annual meeting the day before the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) annual meeting. This Annual meeting is one of the primer events for those orthodontists interested in furthering their lingual orthodontic knowledge.
The term “lingual” refers to the inside (tongue or palate) surface of the tooth. Lingual braces are attached to that inside surface unlike traditional braces which are fixed to the outside of the teeth. With the braces positioned on the inner surface, it makes them practically invisible and provides cosmetic orthodontic treatment without the distraction of traditional braces.
If you are self conscious of your appearance and would not feel confident wearing traditional braces, lingual braces are an excellent choice. You are concerned about wearing braces that are visible, lingual treatment might be the right choice. If you present frequently to audiences or clients and want to maintain a professional image while getting a great smile, lingual braces would also be good for you. Dr Riolo specializes in lingual braces using the Incognito bracket system and he can evaluate your needs and help you decide if lingual orthodontic treatment is right for you and your lifestyle. For more information or to make an appointment go to “contact us” page at seattleorthodontist.com