Side by side, how do lingual braces compare to Invisalign® clear aligners? We explore the differences below…

Your Commitment

Lingual braces are attached to the lingual surface of teeth (tongue side). As a patient, your only job is to keep your teeth clean.

Invisalign/ClearCorrect works via clear trays that overlay onto your teeth and must be worn 22 hours a day. You are in charge of making sure you wear your aligners and your success relies on you, not your orthodontist.

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Patient in treatment

Invisalign/clear aligners are subtle yet still visible

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Patient in treatment

Lingual braces are virtually invisible

Moving Teeth

Teeth can be moved in any direction of space with lingual braces since the brackets are securely attached to the inside surface of your teeth. Any complex treatment/movement can be achieved with lingual braces.

Because Invisalign/clear aligners is a series of plastic trays lying on top of your teeth, it works primarily by trying to push your teeth in a certain direction.

Due to lack of grip on the teeth, some changes in tooth position are unpredictable or impossible. Attachments can be used to try to enhance the grip of a specific tooth. In addition to being visible, they are not always successful.

Movements predicted by Invisalign/clear aligners may not occur, requiring multiple orders of trays and impressions/scans. This may lead to burnout as a patient, disappointing results, or the need for conventional braces to achieve the ideal result.

Who’s Wearing What Braces?

Lingual Braces

These will allow you to carry on with your professional and social life since no one can see your braces and you never have to remove anything. Lingual braces are often the choice of celebrities and busy professionals. Don’t know of any? That’s the point – it’s their secret!

A number of Hollywood celebrities wear Invisalign. It’s easy to see who they are.

Lingual Braces Teen vs Invisalign Teen

Are you sure your teen will have the discipline to wear his/her aligners 22 hours a day or to not misplace them? This is not even a question with lingual braces for your teen since they are glued. Invisalign Teen requires a huge commitment relying on serious compliance, whereas there is little to no compliance required with lingual braces.

Seeing Your Orthodontist

With lingual braces you will need to see your orthodontist every 6 to 8 weeks, similar to Invisalign/clear correct or conventional braces.

To find out who your nearest lingual braces specialist is, click here.

Lingual Braces vs. Invisalign/Clear Aligners