Invisible Braces: Comparing Lingual Braces and Invisalign Aligners

Types of Dental Braces

Lingual braces, sometimes referred to as incognito braces, are very similar to traditional metal braces in the sense that they both make use of the wire-and-bracket system. The fundamental difference between the two is that lingual braces are custom-made and attached at the back of the teeth which makes them practically invisible unless you open your mouth widely.

Cost of Lingual Braces

In London, incognito braces may cost between £3,000 and £5,000, which is more expensive than most orthodontic devices because it is a much more difficult procedure to perform. Orthodontists, such as the ones from UltraSmile, need specialised training for this type of treatment, for one. The device is also custom-made just for you so that it will involve more preparatory and laboratory work.

Lingual Braces vs Invisalign Aligners

If you are keen on having invisible braces instead of the traditional metal braces that stick out quite conspicuously, you have two choices: lingual braces or Invisalign aligners. Both are custom-fitted to your teeth for precision. Both make use of the latest computer technologies to come up with a design and treatment plan to manufacture braces that are tailored for you.

Lingual braces are compatible with all age groups and can treat most types of incorrect tooth positioning. Although Invisalign is also consistent with patients of all ages, it may not be as effective in treating dental issues.

Meanwhile, eating can be more challenging with lingual braces because food can get stuck easily. Cleaning them is just as difficult because it is much harder to reach them. You will need to add some more time and effort with brushing and flossing. Invisalign, on the other hand, allows you to eat any food you want without much difficulty because you can remove them while eating. However, if you forget to remove them and you ate or drank food that can discolour teeth, your aligners will be stained.

One more thing, the fact that Invisalign is removable can tempt patients to remove them regularly, which will lessen its effectiveness.

Consult Your Dentist

On your next consultation, you may ask your dentist about invisible braces to let them know you are interested in them. Whether you are a good candidate for lingual braces or Invisalign aligners will be the call of your dentist. After he or she assesses the complexity of your case, you will be on your way to a more even set of teeth.