How to align lower incisors with 2D lingual appliances. Nicolas Salesse. Episode 19. July 21st 2020

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Dr Nicolas Salesse talks us through 2D lingual appliances in the lower arch for alignment, how the appliances work, the application as well as his protocol.


2d Vs 3d

Direct bonding

·      Unlikely to debond, due to low profile

·      No complex bonding required (same as conventional labial brackets)

·      0 prescription bracket – no torque treatment conducted round wires round wires only


·      Headway 2 dollars

·      forestadent 2d 10-20 dollars per bracket


·      Metal bracket can deform on opening / closing

·      Complete alignment if required with aligners

Lower incisor alignment ideal:

·      Bracket positioning lower arch

o   Same height of centrals and laterals

o   Relatively upright teeth, no significant tip

·      Upper arch difficult for 2D brackets:

o   large variation in bracket positioning between 1s and 2s

·      Patient expectations: Lower expectation of lower arch

Challenges lingual appliances:

1.     Reduced inter-bracket distance

2.     In out discrepancy on the labial face due to lingual bonding

3.     Bracket position height

4.     Prescription

1/ Inter-bracket distance

·      Smaller distance = wire is stiffer = greater force

·      2d brackets can have the archwire placed above the 2D bracket, increasing the interbracket distance, similar to Incognito

2/ In out discrepancy on the labial face due to lingual bonding

·      Lingual appliances align lingual surfaces  = discrepancy labial aspect due to variation in AP anatomy.

·      Further from labial face – harder to control labial alignment

·      Anterior teeth increase in thickness more Gingival

Height of bracket position

·      Ideal 2D lingual bracket position =  incisal as possible, less AP in out thickness, less variability.

·      Lower arch incisal heights 2-2 same, no bend required


·      Only bend required is 2-3 in out direction

o   Only bend lower 2-3 region = 2 bends

Protocol lower 2D brackets

·      Digital set up plan IPR

·      Bonddirectly, close to incisal edge. (no overcorrection)

·      IPR

·      Bond canine and premolar together: bonding composite prevent adverse affects on 3s

·      Wires:

o   Initially straight wire: such as 012NT

o   016NT + wire bends

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