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Lingual Braces Vs. Translucent Braces

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Lingual Braces Vs. Translucent Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, hiding them from sight. “Translucent” braces, which have brackets made of a tooth-coloured ceramic, blend in with the colour of your teeth. If you're wondering which option to choose, read on!


Each orthodontic patient has their own unique requirements, in terms of both orthodontic problems and personality. At Langley Orthodontics, we offer variety of treatment options to suit a wide range of needs, and make the comparative pros and cons of each very clear.

For your consideration, here are a few of the differences between lingual braces and translucent ceramic braces.

Translucent Braces

Translucent braces are not see-through in a literal sense. The brackets are made of ceramic material which blends with the natural colour of your teeth, so they look see through when worn.

One of the potential down-sides of translucent braces is that they are typically more expensive than traditional braces. For this reason, many patients choose to have them applied only to their more visible teeth, usually the front teeth, or just the top front ones.

Also, it is worth noting that ceramic braces are not as strong as metal ones. This means your orthodontist won't be able to apply as much pressure to them at adjustment appointments, and tooth movement may happen more slowly, increasing the duration of your treatment to some degree.

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

Lingual braces are like traditional metal braces in most ways. The key difference is that they are placed on the inward facing your teeth; the the side that faces into your mouth. This means that lingual braces are hidden from sight unless you open up your mouth wide.

The brackets on lingual braces are just as strong as those on traditional braces, meaning the dentist can apply the same amount of pressure during adjustment appointments, and the duration of treatment is about the same.

You may find it difficult to talk with lingual braces at first, as they sit where your tongue touches the back of your teeth. This also means they can cause tongue irritation and discomfort at first as well.

In addition, although the duration of treatment is the same as with traditional braces, your adjustment appointments might take longer. Lingual braces can be somewhat more expensive than traditional braces as well.

Finally, lingual braces can be a bit tricky to clean, because of their position on the inner sides of your teeth. The awkward angles may require some acrobatics on your part!

Both translucent and lingual braces have their pros and cons, but ultimately make for great choices for people looking for more inconspicuous options.

If you are interested in learning more about lingual or translucent braces, contact us today to book a consultation.

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