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Invisalign vs. Lingual Braces

What is the difference between Invisalign and Lingual Braces? In case you want to know, then continue reading this post and learn about the differences between the two.

Invisalign:

  • Invisalign is a clear aligner that it unnoticeable on a person’s teeth which makes the appearance of one’s teeth look clean.
  • They consist of clear plastic aligners that go over the teeth.
  • You can remove these aligners when eating and brushing, which makes it more convenient to eat and brush, plus you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty with food. This aspect of Invisalign makes them a comfort for patients.
  • Due to the fact that Invisalign doesn’t require brackets and wires it makes them safer to wear unlike lingual braces and traditional braces that have wires and brackets that could poke you or injure you if one’s not careful.
  • Unlike traditional braces that could take a couple to a few years, Invisalign treatment can last anywhere from a year to a year and a half.

Lingual Braces:

  • Unlike traditional braces that are placed on the front of one’s teeth, lingual braces are placed on the back part of the teeth. With them being placed on the backside of the teeth they are almost unnoticeable giving the front of the teeth a better appearance.
  • Not all orthodontist offer lingual braces as a choice for braces for patients because they require special skills in placing them on the teeth.
  • Unfortunately, lingual bracesĀ aren’t for all patients due to the fact that a person’s teeth have to be designed a certain way to be able to fit the lingual braces properly onto the teeth.
  • Since lingual braces are placed on the backsides of the teeth, brushing them can be a bit more of a problem as you might have some trouble picking food out from between wires.

Hopefully, these facts about Invisalign and Lingual Braces will help you when decided what orthodontic appliance to choose for straightening your teeth. Remember though that not everyone can wear Lingual Braces or Invisalign but you can definitely mention it to your orthodontist and ultimately they’ll decide what appliance is best suitable for you. Should you have more questions or concerns please speak with your orthodontist.