Invisalign and lingual braces are the kings of discreet orthodontics. It’s, therefore, common for dental patients to narrow down their choices to these options.
But how do these two compare, and which should you choose? Is one better than the other?
You can be the judge.
Anatomy of Invisalign and Lingual Braces
Also called Incognito braces, lingual braces have been around since the ‘80s. This treatment slowly adjusts your teeth with small brackets fitted behind them or on the lingual side; each bracket, as with traditional braces, is connected by a wire. Because the appliance is behind the teeth, it is almost unnoticeable. Both teens and adults may use this treatment, as long as they have all their permanent teeth in place.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is a series of clear aligner trays that snap perfectly onto the teeth. A relatively new orthodontic technology, it is developed by Align Technology, and is used by practices like Vaksman Dental Group in more than 45 countries. It has been around since 1999 and over 3 million people all over the world have used or are using it.
The treatment involves switching trays every 7 to 14 days as the teeth gradually straighten out and the bite improves. Like lingual braces, Invisalign is perfect for teens and adults with an active lifestyle.
Why Patients Choose Lingual Braces
Apart from being virtually invisible, lingual braces use fixed brackets and wires. This means there is no risk of losing the appliance; you won’t be tempted to remove the aligners when eating as well — something that can affect the length of the treatment and the result. Lingual braces also give the orthodontist complete control over the movement of the teeth and allow them to precisely treat both mild and complex cases.
Many dentists do not offer this procedure, however, as special training is required. The treatment also takes longer than other orthodontic options as it only uses the back of the teeth.
Why Patients Choose Invisalign
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that resemble a typical mouth guard. Unlike with lingual braces that can still be seen from specific angles, with Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about other people noticing the aligners. In addition, the aligners can also straighten your teeth effectively without the usual “chunkiness” that traditional braces and lingual braces have.
Apart from being a discreet solution, patients choose this treatment because of its short treatment time, which will only take anywhere from a few weeks to 12 months — depending on the severity of the case, of course. Just make sure to go to a reputed, experienced Invisalign provider.
But perhaps the biggest reason many choose Invisalign is that it’s far more convenient than any other orthodontic option, because the appliance is easily removable, so you can eat, brush, and floss much easier. You can eat anything you want, too. In addition, patients seem to tolerate Invisalign better than lingual braces, as sometimes, the metal brackets and wires at the back of the teeth scrape the tongue.
Both orthodontic options can help you achieve a straight smile without the world knowing that you’re undergoing treatment. Apart from that, both treatments are completely different. So which one is better than the other? It seems, based on the benefits listed above and the increasing number of people going for this treatment, Invisalign is the rightful king of discreet orthodontics.