When it comes to straightening teeth discreetly, lingual braces are – in our opinion – the ultimate orthodontic solution. They’re similar to traditional fixed braces, but with one important difference: they are fitted behind the teeth, making them virtually undetectable.
It was in the 1970s that an American orthodontist and a Japanese orthodontist simultaneously started fitting braces behind their patients’ teeth. However early lingual braces, although discreet, were not especially comfortable, or as effective as traditional braces. Thankfully lingual orthodontics has come a long way in the last 40 years.
Increased demand for so-called invisible braces has been the driving force behind new innovations, leading to custom-made braces, which now provide the same control as traditional fixed braces. This means that everyone can benefit from the discreetness of lingual braces, and they can be used to treat even the most complex cases.
Lingual braces are undoubtedly discreet, but their benefits don’t stop there. Here are just some of the advantages of straightening your smile with lingual braces:
Find out more about the advantages of lingual braces in our blog: the benefits of lingual braces.
Lingual braces may be the most discreet ‘invisible’ brace but they’re not necessarily the most widely known. Thanks to extensive marketing and celebrity patients, Invisalign – which uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move teeth – has become a household name. It’s undoubtedly a popular choice among patients, but unfortunately it’s not suitable for everyone, and it doesn’t provide your orthodontist with the same level of control as a fixed brace.
Another alternative to lingual braces are clear fixed braces. Clear braces work in the same way as traditional fixed braces, but they feature clear or ceramic brackets, which are designed to blend in with your teeth. Clear braces can achieve precise results and they’re usually more affordable than lingual braces or clear aligners. Their main disadvantage is that although they’re discreet they’re by no means ‘invisible’. The brackets can also become slightly stained over time if you eat the wrong foods.
Most lingual orthodontists will also offer alternative treatments, including Invisalign and clear braces. This means they will be able to go through your options in detail and advise you on the brace that’s best for you during an initial consultation.