Fitted behind the teeth, lingual braces are great for individuals who don’t trust themselves with removable aligners (Invisalign), but still want a lower profile look for their braces.
The most significant advantage that lingual braces have over Invisalign aligners is that they aren’t visible and are also not removable, like Invisalign aligners are.
This may seem like a strange statement to make, since the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable is one of their advantages, because it makes it easier for patients to eat, brush and floss while undergoing treatment.
But when it comes down to it, what constitutes an 'advantage' depends on the person.
Removable aligners are great for people who feel they can completely commit to their treatment and will keep their aligners in despite any tightness, pain, discomfort or inconvenience they experience.
If you don't think you're likely to leave your aligners in at all times, even when they feel uncomfortable, then removable aligners are probably not a good choice for you.
It's very important to be honest with yourself about this. It’s not a failing if you think you won't be able to resist taking your aligners out!
In fact, we have many patients who aren’t sure they can be consistent with removable aligners. Lingual braces are a great choice for these people, because they are still essentially invisible, but are not removable.