Lingual Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Braces have come a long way over the last few decades. Nowadays, there are different types of orthodontic braces, and traditional metal braces have made strides as well. If you are considering straightening your smile, it is important to look at a comparison of braces with your orthodontist to determine which type of braces are right for you. Here is a look at lingual braces vs. traditional braces to help you decide.

What are Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are just like metal braces, but rather than affixing them to the front of your teeth like traditional braces, your dentist adheres them to the back of your teeth, also called the lingual surface (hence the name “lingual braces”). They still use metal brackets and wires, but most people won’t even notice them.

Should I Get Lingual Braces vs. Traditional Braces?

The biggest advantage that attracts people to lingual braces is the fact that they are less conspicuous than their traditional counterparts. Since they are placed against the back of the teeth, correcting your dental alignment can be nearly invisible with lingual braces.

Should I Still Consider Traditional Braces?

Yes. It is important to consider all of your options and consult your orthodontist, as everyone’s orthodontic needs are different. The only major advantage of lingual braces is the aesthetic appeal as few will notice them. Otherwise, there are no significant dental advantages to lingual braces vs. traditional braces. Lingual braces move teeth more gradually than traditional braces, so you’ll be wearing them longer, and they can only be used on the bottom teeth. They also cost more, as it is far more challenging to apply lingual braces than traditional braces, and few dentists are trained to do so. While lingual braces are more visually pleasing, they may not be financially feasible, so take that into consideration when making your decision.

So What Kind of Braces are Right for Me?

It depends. Everyone has different orthodontic and dental requirements. If you require alignment on the top row of teeth, lingual braces are probably not the best option for you. Otherwise, these may be a viable choice. In addition, other “invisible” braces options are available to you, including Invisalign or clear bracket braces. You should go over the various choices with an orthodontist to create a treatment tailored to your specific needs. To consult an orthodontist, contact us at 770-222-2322 or complete this form to discuss the treatment options available to you.