Hidden (lingual) braces vs Invisalign. Which is better to straighten teeth

hidden braces, invisalign, san jose, los gatos, cupertino, campbell, saratoga, monte sereno, santa claraIf you’re thinking about getting braces, you may be concerned with what they will look like.

Invisible braces like Invisalign are an option that would be barely noticeable while you’re wearing them, but depending on the problems you want to correct, they may not be right for you.

Another option is hidden braces that go on the back of your teeth instead of the front. Here are some things you should know about both methods of teeth straightening.

Why Invisalign?

Invisalign gets a lot of attention because they are clear and don’t usually have to be worn as long as traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are not actually braces; they are clear trays that fit over your teeth. Your dentist fits you for the removable trays, and you wear them all the time except when you eat.

Through the treatment, which lasts around one year for most people, you get a new set of aligners every two weeks. Invisalign are comfortable and you can wear them without going through the adjustment period that is usually necessary for braces. Since Invisalign aligners are not braces, they may not be able to correct severe malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or bite problems. They work very well for your front teeth and the teeth that show when you smile.

What are lingual braces?

Hidden braces are properly called lingual braces. They go on the back of your teeth so they don’t show, in fact they are the most invisible braces you can get. The downside to lingual braces is that they may have to be worn longer than traditional metal braces would, and they are harder to get used to. They affect your speech and swallowing more than regular braces do, and you may have to work a little harder to brush your teeth properly with them on. Like Invisalign, lingual braces cannot usually correct severe bite problems.

Which is best?

Both Invisalign and lingual braces cost more than traditional metal braces. Invisalign usually costs less than lingual braces. For treating basic crooked teeth or spacing issues, Invisalign offers many advantages over lingual braces, but if you truly want your braces to be completely invisible while you’re wearing them, lingual braces are the better choice.

Learn more

If you’re thinking about getting braces, contact your dentist for a consultation and to discuss all the options that are available. Your dentist can help you decide which teeth straightening option is right for you so that you can be on your way to a beautiful smile.

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