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Nelly13
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Nervous Newbie

#1 Post by Nelly13 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:47 pm

So I'm getting my braces on this Friday. I currently have 12 spacers in my teeth and I have been really sore from this. I am getting self ligating metals with ceramic on the top front 6. I can handle all of that. What concerns me is getting upper and lower lingual arches (inside arch wires). Anyone experienced these babies!? I'm worried about the pain and how I'll speak. Thanks for any help

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#2 Post by jaime » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:40 am

There is a whole board dedicated to lingual braces :D

http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=12
SARPE: December 19, 2013
Expander out/TPA in: May 13th, 2014
Upper and lower braces: May 21, 2014
Lefort I + BSSO + sliding genioplasty: June 11, 2015
TPA out: December 17, 2015 (due to issues)
Braces off: November 28th, 2016!!!
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Re: Nervous Newbie

#3 Post by Nelly13 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:21 am

Aren't lingual braces the braces that are on the inside of the teeth? That isn't what I was asking about - this is a wire that goes over the roof of my mouth with braces on the outside. Not sure if there is a name for it.

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#4 Post by jaime » Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:47 am

Ohh, you're referring to a transpalatal arch wire (TPA). There are actually 2 current threads right now about them.

http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtop ... 13&t=47680
http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtop ... 13&t=46811

I actually have one, too. It's not painful or difficult to speak in my experience, anyway. It'll take some getting used to but it's not a big deal at all.
SARPE: December 19, 2013
Expander out/TPA in: May 13th, 2014
Upper and lower braces: May 21, 2014
Lefort I + BSSO + sliding genioplasty: June 11, 2015
TPA out: December 17, 2015 (due to issues)
Braces off: November 28th, 2016!!!
My blog
My ArchWired thread (last updated November 29th, 2016)

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Re: Nervous Newbie

#5 Post by arciedee » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:07 am

Are you referring to lingual arches or transpalatal wires? AFAIK, lingual arches are wires that run along the inside of the teeth, not across the palate. I had a lower lingual arch when I had my Carriere distalizers. It was attached to molar bands on my first molars and was designed to keep my lower teeth from shifting while those molars were used as the anchor point for my elastics.

It wasn't the most fun I've had in orthodontia, that's for sure, but it might be because of how mine fit. I was under the impression (sorry for the bad pun) that they were supposed to pretty much run along the inside surface of the teeth, but mine had a gap of a couple millimeters between the wire and the teeth and it made speech challenging. It certainly improved as I got used to having it there, but I never felt that my speech was particularly clear while I had it. It also caught a lot of food and was occasionally challenging to clean around. I didn't find it painful, however, just annoying.

Hope your experience goes well!

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