Invisalign vs Lingual Braces

Lingual Braces or Invisalign: Which is best for you? | South East Orthodontics

Your smile is not something to be taken for granted and when it comes to discrete orthodontic treatment options, Invisalign and Lingual Braces are the two most popular options amongst our adult patients. While realising that you require professional treatment is the first step in the orthodontic process, deciding on which option would best suit your needs is the more difficult part.

If you are torn between Lingual Braces and Invisalign aligners, here is a comparison that might help you decide:


  • Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic making them virtually invisible.
  • Although the aligners are removable, they should be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order to achieve the desired results.
  • The Invisalign treatment is a step by step procedure that is tailor-made for your individual needs. We make use of x- rays and impressions of your teeth to create a 3D image of what your teeth would look like after the treatment. This image also maps out the movement that is needed to take place in order to straighten your teeth.
  • In most cases you will receive three sets of aligners each visit and appointments will be every six weeks, with each aligner moving the teeth gradually.
  • Invisalign is fairly easy to maintain. The general rules are that you do not eat or drink anything, except water, when you have them on. You should clean your teeth before reinserting the aligner after a meal and gentle soap can be used to clean your aligner to prevent bacterial build-up.
  • The treatment time may vary depending on how much movement needs to be achieved this may also depend on the extent of your oral health and whether or not you wear your retainer for the prescribed time frame (22 hours a day).
  • Invisalign is used to treat mild to moderate problems.

Lingual Braces

  • With this type of braces, the wires and brackets are fixed to the back of your teeth making them practically invisible.
  • Like with Invisalign, there are some orthodontic problems which cannot be fixed with lingual braces. This includes conditions like a deep overbite.
  • Like with traditional metal braces, dental hygiene is an important step in the process. Food particles can easily get trapped in the brackets and within the wires of the Lingual braces. Brushing between meals, flossing and rinsing are important in preventing bacterial build-up.
  • The device may affect your speech mainly because they are positioned so close to your tongue. The good news is that this is usually temporary and you will eventually get used to the braces being there.
  • The technology used to create lingual braces is changing every day making it more comfortable. Today the brackets are lot smaller and more rounded and sharp edges is not as much of an issue anymore.

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Have you been thinking about getting an orthodontic treatment but unsure which option is best for you? For professional and expert orthodontic advice, contact us today.



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