It is easy to see progress when being treated with the Lingual Technique
One of the more pleasant aspects of the Lingual Technique for patients is that they can actually see every improvement in the position of the teeth themselves because there are no wires or brackets. This is demonstrated very nicely by the first case study, that of a 23-year old man with a retrusive occlusion in the lower jaw encompassing half of the premolars, frontal overcrowding and three sticking-out front teeth with a 12 labial position. The improvement in the position of the teeth can be observed directly without there being any visible orthodontic appliance. The duration of treatment, which used to be a big disadvantage with the Lingual Technique, was only 21 months in this case, which is barely longer than what would be expected with the Labial Technique. In order to conceal the clearly visible gaps in the mouths of patients who have had extractions, it is usual with the Lingual Technique to plug these gaps with artificial, tooth-coloured chamfers if the patient so wishes. These chamfers are then gradually reduced during the course of the treatment until the gaps have completely closed.