Lingual Braces or Invisalign which one is right for me?
When children or teens decide to get straight teeth via orthodontics it’s usually a pretty straight forward decision and, let’s face it, usually a decision made by their parents. Kids have their whole life in front of them and they have the chance to live it with a perfect wide smile showing a beautiful set of straight teeth, who wouldn’t choose that! For adults, the decision tends to come with a lot more complications which means the decision-making process is longer and comes with far more questions. Am I too old, is it too late, is it worth it, what will other people think, will it work and so on.
In our long experience fitting braces and straightening teeth at Park Lane Orthodontics in Reading, Berkshire, I can’t ever remember a patient, child or adult, regretting having orthodontic treatment. But that doesn’t mean we’re not aware that adults in particular find that first step to having the smile they’ve always dreamed of, an easy one. The good news is once you’ve decided to get your perfect smile we have options to cater for all your needs and different lifestyles.
Two of the most popular choices for treatment are clear aligners, like Invisalign, and lingual braces. Both have many aesthetic advantages and for this reason, are extremely popular with our adult patients at Park Lane Orthodontics.
When most people think of braces or orthodontics, they think of the traditional metal braces that are placed on the front of the teeth. Some adults are self-conscious about braces, and lingual braces or clear aligners like Invisalign are appealing options for orthodontic treatment.
Instead of front-facing metal brackets and wires, teeth are moved into the correct position with:
What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces work in a similar fashion to the traditional front-facing metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth, making them virtually invisible. In fact, when we speak with patients during their lingual brace treatment we often hear that no one, not even close friends and family, even knows our patient is having orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces really are the ultimate when it comes to discreet teeth straightening.
How do I know if Lingual Braces are right for me?
If it’s important for you to wear braces that aren’t obvious and you value the fact that you can move teeth into a position where you end up with straight teeth, a great bite and a wide new smile without advertising the fact, then lingual braces are worth it.
There are some challenges associated with wearing lingual braces that aren’t found in traditional braces:
If you understand these challenges and are willing to make the effort required for wearing lingual braces then we’d advise discussing all the options with your Reading orthodontist to determine whether it’s right for you.
Are there different types of lingual braces?
Each orthodontist chooses their own lingual system according to his or her preference, level of training, cost, and patient factors. There are a variety of brands available, and they differ slightly as to design, but they all basically function the same way. The lingual brace systems we use at Park Lane Orthodontics in Reading, Berkshire are:
How much do lingual braces cost?
Because the braces are custom-made, require special equipment, and a high level of specialist technical and orthodontic expertise, they usually cost more than traditional braces or clear aligners. Click here for more information on the cost of lingual braces
How do I find an orthodontist who offers lingual braces?
Not all orthodontists offer lingual braces due to the technical skill, equipment, education, and training required to effectively treat patients with these specialized braces.
At Park Lane Orthodontics in Reading Berkshire, we’re proud to offer lingual braces as a discreet way of straightening teeth and correcting your bite.