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Invisalign vs Lingual Braces: which is best for you?

You’ve decided to get your teeth straightened. Now comes the big decision: which orthodontic option to choose?

Knowing there are discreet options that shouldn’t impact your day-to-day is a big bonus. But it’s not just about aesthetics. The treatment has to be effective in meeting your health and lifestyle needs.

Which is better? Invisalign vs Lingual Braces

The better treatment depends on what you need as well as what you expect from treatment. Both treatments have their pros and cons; both treatments can provide excellent results; and both treatments have a great track record with success.

5 reasons to choose Invisalign

Invisalign’s biggest attraction is that it’s a no-braces, hassle-free orthodontic option that shouldn’t affect your lifestyle or your diet. Here are just 5 of the reasons to choose Invisalign:

1.    Invisalign is virtually invisible

Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic. Making them difficult to notice.

2.    Invisalign aligners can be taken off

When you’re eating, you can remove your aligners. This allows you to enjoy all your favourite foods without adversely affecting your orthodontic treatment.

It is important to note you will need to brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in after eating.

3.    See what the outcome will look like before you start

Invisalign treatment is a step by step procedure tailor-made for your individual needs. Digital impressions are taken of your teeth to create a 3D image of what your teeth can look like after the treatment.

This image also maps out the movement needed to take place in order to straighten your teeth.

4.    Easy to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment

During your Invisalign treatment, you can easily maintain good oral hygiene. Unlike braces which you have to brush and floss around, Invisalign aligners can be removed. Enabling you to brush and floss normally.

It also means you can remove the aligners for your regular dental check-up and clean.

5.    Fewer orthodontic appointments

Your orthodontist will provide you with three sets of aligners each visit, and appointments will be every 6-8 weeks. Each set of aligners will move your teeth gradually.

4 reasons to choose lingual braces

Whereas Invisalign’s biggest attraction is its discreet nature, lingual braces has two big selling points. The first is it’s discreet. The braces are bonded to the back of your teeth. And the second is that it can correct mild, moderate and (some) complex orthodontic cases.

Here are 4 reasons to choose lingual braces:

1.    Lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth

The wires and brackets are fixed to the back of your teeth making them practically invisible.

2.    More comfortable braces option

The technology used to create lingual braces is changing every day making it more comfortable. Today, the brackets are lot smaller and more rounded and sharp edges are not as much of an issue anymore.

3.    You’ll start to see results early with lingual braces

With lingual braces, you will start to see your teeth straightening early on. Many patients have found this comforting to see.

4.    Lingual braces can fix a number of orthodontic conditions

Lingual braces can treat a range of orthodontic issues such as:

  • Misalign teeth
  • Crowding
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites

Invisalign vs Lingual Braces: which is best for you?

Both of these discreet treatments can be effective for straightening your teeth. If you would like more information about Invisalign or lingual braces, or you would like to request a consultation, please contact South East Orthodontics today.