Lingual braces, which are fitted behind the teeth, are great for people who don’t trust themselves with removable aligners (Invisalign), but still want a lower profile look for their braces.
The most significant advantage of lingual braces over Invisalign aligners is that they aren’t visible, but that they’re also not removable like Invisalign aligners are.
This may seem like a strange claim to make, since the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable is one of their advantages, because it makes it easier 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 completely committed to their treatment and will keep their aligners in despite tightness, pain or discomfort.
But if you think you're likely to give in and remove your aligners when they become uncomfortable, then removable aligners are probably not the best choice for you.
Try 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!
We have lots of 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.