Lingual braces are hidden from sight because they are placed behind the teeth. 'Translucent' braces, made from a tooth-coloured ceramic, blend in with the colour of your teeth. We hope the information provided here will help you decide which of these options would be best for you!
Each of our patients has his or her own unique requirements, in terms of both orthodontic issues and personality. We offer variety of treatment options to suit a wide range of needs, and make the comparative pros and cons of each very clear.
Here are a few of the differences between lingual braces and translucent ceramic braces, for your consideration.
Translucent braces are not actually see-through; they just seem to be, because the ceramic material that the brackets are made of blends in so well with the colour of teeth.
This seeming translucency helps make these braces more understated in appearance than traditional braces, which have brackets made of metal.
Translucent braces are typically more expensive than traditional braces, and so many patients choose to have them applied only to their more visible teeth, usually the front teeth, or just the top front ones.
It's worth noting that ceramic brackets are not as strong as metal ones are, so your orthodontist won't be able to apply as much pressure to them at adjustment appointments. This may mean that tooth movement happens more slowly, and the duration of your treatment will be longer than if you had metal braces.
Finally, the ceramic brackets are actually bigger than metal ones, and add more bulk. This is not apparent visually, but you may want to consider this point in terms of comfort.
Lingual braces are a lot like traditional braces in most ways. The difference is that Lingual braces are placed on the "inside" surface of your teeth; that is, the the side of your teeth that faces into your mouth.
This hides the lingual braces from sight almost entirely, and they won’t be visible unless you open up your mouth wide. The brackets on lingual braces are just as strong as those on traditional braces, meaning the duration of treatment is about the same.
A potential negative side to lingual braces is it can be difficult to talk with them at first. And because they sit right where your tongue hits the backs of your teeth, they can cause tongue irritation and discomfort as well.
In addition, although the duration of treatment is the same as with traditional braces, the duration of your adjustment appointments might longer. Lingual braces can also still be somewhat more expensive than traditional braces.
Finally, lingual braces can be a bit tricky to clean. The awkward angles may require some acrobatics on your part!
Both translucent and lingual braces have their pros and cons, but both nonetheless make for great choices for people looking for more inconspicuous options.