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Article: Volume 12 Number 3 Page 86 - July 2019

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  Orth Update 2019; 12: 86-91

Orthodontics:  Integrating Lingual Orthodontics into Specialist Practice

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Abstract: Lingual orthodontics as a treatment modality has gained popularity over recent years as adults increasingly seek treatment to align their teeth, but with the minimum aesthetic impact in the process. This article will show how lingual orthodontics can be introduced into the clinical practice.

Clinical relevance: Starting out with lingual orthodontics can be a daunting prospect and it comes with costs, including training, materials and inventory. It is important that clinicians should be aware of some of the factors to consider in ensuring these appliances are successfully integrated into clinical practice.

Author notes: Trevor Hodge, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), MPhil(Orth), FDS(Orth) RCS(Ed), FDS RCS(Eng), FHEA, FDTFEd, Consultant Orthodontist, Leeds Dental Institute, Clarendon Way, Leeds LD2 9LU (email:, Melanie Kidner, BDS, FDS RCS(Eng), Dental Officer, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Andrew T Shelton, BDS, MFDS RCS(Edin), MOrth RCS(Eng), MDentSci, FDS RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist, Montagu Hospital, Doncaster, S64 OAZ, UK.

Objective: To be aware of what to consider in ensuring the successful introduction of lingual orthodontics into the clinical practice.