of Philipp in Germany
Philipp is 38
and is in braces for a third time. He had braces from ages 10
to 13, ages 22 to 24; and now at age 38, he is 10 months into
treatment with lingual brackets. Philipp's
problems are: a deep bite (which is already corrected), a
crossbite, and differing bite levels.
"Especially my right side molars and incisors were being
worn off. My left upper first incisor is fractured, the right
one worn off by the opposing lower incisor. I think one can
see this on the bite level closeup. I'll get veneer jackets
with my retainers.
"If you look closely,
you will spot a band on the last molar on the upper left. The
assistant continually broke off the lingual bracket so I
finally made her fix a band.
"At the beginning of
treatment, my teeth would only touch on the right side. As the
elastics I'm wearing are stronger on the left, my teeth now
only touch on the left. I think its both overcorrection to
stabilize results and a way to align my molars on the right.
"Also visible from the
front, my rotation ties on the upper first incisor and lower
canine. Look closely again, you will spot a small ceramic
bracket on my right upper canine. It used to secure another
"On the view from the
right, one sees my almost-closed extraction gap of a premolar
on the upper right, actually a mistake from my second
treatment, as I learned extractions should never be made
asymmetrically. The elastics look freaky, don't they?
On the closeup of my upper
jaw, you clearly see I like curry a lot. The elastics were
really that yellow! The power chain to close my extraction gap
later fell of, it is now secured by another ligature."
can't see the lingual braces from the outside! Philipp has a
crossbite, a fractured tooth, and differing bite levels on
elastics help stabilize the bite on each side.
lingual brackets on the bottom (the ligatures are stained
yellow from curry).
lingual brackets on top.