Lingual braces are fitted behind the teeth rather than on the fronts, making them perfect for individuals who don’t trust themselves with removable aligners (Invisalign), but still want an invisible braces option.
The most significant advantage that lingual braces have over Invisalign clear removable aligners is that they're not removable, like Invisalign aligners are.
This may seem like an unlikely benefit, since the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable is considered to be one of their advantages, because it makes it easier for patients to eat, brush and floss while undergoing treatment.
But ultimately, what constitutes an 'advantage' depends on the person.
Removable aligners are great for people who feel they are able to commit to their treatment and will keep their aligners in despite any tightness, discomfort or inconvenience they experience.
If you don't think you're likely to leave your aligners in at all times, whether because you forget, because you're likely to lose or accidentally damage them, or simply because they feel uncomfortable, then removable aligners are probably not a good choice for you.
It's very important to be honest with yourself about this. It’s not a failing if you don't think removable aligners are right for you!
In fact, many of our patients aren’t sure they can be consistent with removable aligners. Lingual braces make for a great alternative in these cases, because they are still essentially invisible, but are not removable.