What’s better? Hidden (lingual) braces or the Invisalign?

blog-invisalign-guardThe choices of orthodontic braces on the market today is amazing. Two great options for straightening teeth are hidden lingual brace and Invisalign aligners. Each type has advantages and disadvantages that depend on your lifestyle and dental requirements.

To get effective results, it’s critical to carefully determine which system is appropriate for your mouth’s particular needs, your temperament and lifestyle.

Find out about hidden braces

Your smile will not be lost or overshadowed by the unsightly conventional braces; they will be well hidden behind your teeth. Lingual braces are bonded to your teeth on the inside of your mouth on the lingual side (tongue). Dentists recognize the value of these braces because they can accurately manipulate the movement of your teeth for the best results for your new smile. These braces are built with state-of-the-art materials that are custom fitted to correct your specific dental problems.

The newer styles of lingual braces have resolved many of the old discomfort issues with the help of their new bracket systems. New materials and technology has helped resolve many of the old problems that you would have experienced from conventional braces in the past.

Benefits of the Lingual Braces

  • Lingual braces are custom made just to fit your mouth
  • Unlike conventional braces, Lingual braces cannot be seen when you smile
  • Custom made from state-of-the-art technology
  • Strong enough to correct the worst case of crowded teeth, malocclusion or extensive teeth straightening
  • Break-in time is less with the new lingual braces than with convention braces 

Limitations of the Lingual Braces

  • Braces are literally bonded to your teeth and are attached 24/7
  • There will be a few limitation to what you can eat
  • Tongue Irritation and tenderness is common when wearing the lingual braces 

Invisalign aligns teeth without braces

Invisalign gently moves your teeth with the assistance of a soft plastic dental apparatus that fits over your teeth. It is not recommended for major dental corrections but it can be great for moderate to mild realignment of the teeth.

The Invisalign system utilizes several clear plastic aligners throughout the program that are replaced every few weeks with a new aligner to move the teeth little by little into the required position. Each set of aligners is usually replaced every couple of weeks and must be worn for at least 22 hours per day to be affective. This process usually takes nine to fifteen months with the use of 18-30 aligners to complete the entire program.

Advantages of the Invisalign braces

  • Invisalign is custom designed with a light plastic material to fit your mouth
  • These braces can be taken out to clean and floss your teeth
  • There are no limitations to what you are allowed to eat; you just take them out when you eat.
  • They are light and comfortable
  • There is little or no time needed to break them in
  • They are made from clear plastic without any metal parts to worry about
  • No one will know you are wearing these braces, they are clear which gives them an invisible appearance 

Limitations of the Invisalign braces

  • Invisalign braces are not recommended for serious cases of malocclusion, crowding of teeth or teeth straightening
  • Failing to wear the aligners for the recommended hours every day will slow down the process delaying the desired results 

Make the right choice

The best, OK the ONLY,  way to choose proper braces is to seek advice from a dental professional. They have the training and product knowledge to know which brace will be the most beneficial for your needs. Today children, teenagers and adults no longer have to be embarrassed with the unsightly mess of wires and brackets in their mouths to get a healthy smile. If you would like to learn more about braces, please download my free e-book.