Lower Lingual Arch
A lower lingual (“tongue side”) arch is used to either hold your teeth in their present position or increase the existing space that is available for your erupting lower permanent teeth. Please do not play with the wire using your tongue or fingers. Lifting the wire up continuously with your tongue will cause breakage and appliance replacement.
If your tongue cannot stop lifting the wire up, please call us so we can add a special wire to discourage the habit. If you notice that one of the metal bands around your back teeth is loose, please call the office at 415-459-8006. If a metal band comes completely off the tooth, push the band back down on the tooth and temporarily chew food on the other side of your mouth until you come to our office for a repair appointment.
The lower lingual arch can sometimes cause some discomfort for the first few days. If the teeth are sore, eat soft food and take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol. If the tongue or cheeks get sore or become irritated, dry the area and place a little wax over it.
Brushing your teeth in the area of the new wire takes extra effort. Aim the bristles of the brush underneath where the wire is attached to the tooth as well as at the bands and the biting surfaces of the teeth. Dental floss may be threaded under the wire and used in its normal way.
For further information about how Drs. Jasmine Gorton and Bill Schmohl can make space for your teeth or any other questions you may have, visit the FAQ page or contact us here where our friendly team will be happy to help you.