Invisible Braces: Invisalign Vs. Lingual Braces

Many people who want or need braces may avoid them because they stand out, which can affect people's confidence and self-esteem. However, while traditional braces are still a common choice, more and more people are choosing invisible braces like Invisalign and lingual braces. If you would like to know which is best for you, keep reading. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Invisalign?

Invisalign is the most invisible option because the product is made with clear plastic aligners that snugly fit your teeth. This also makes them more comfortable because there is no metal that can irritate oral tissue. Besides invisibility, the leading benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners.

In fact, you need to remove them before eating to prevent damage. In turn, you don't have to change your diet. With traditional braces, you may have to avoid certain foods that can cause damage to the braces.

Similarly, you may have to avoid foods that can easily get trapped between teeth, since it's hard to floss with traditional braces. Plus, you can remove the aligners to brush and floss. This makes it incredibly easy to keep your teeth clean with Invisalign.

The downside: you can remove them. If you don't have the discipline to wear your Invisalign most of the time (anytime you aren't eating or brushing), you're only wasting your money. The process will halt or slow.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces resemble traditional braces because they use brackets and wires. However, they sit on the backside of your teeth, making them less noticeable. However, they are not as invisible as Invisalign. They are impossible to see if you smile, but if you open your mouth wide, people can spot them.

They are one of the most expensive options, and they are more uncomfortable than Invisalign. They also tend to take longer to treat conditions, especially when compared to traditional braces. However, because they work like traditional braces, they can fix more complex issues when compared to Invisalign, such as malocclusion.

How Much Do They Cost?

Fixing your smile with Invisalign costs about $3,000 to $8,000. Every few weeks, you have to go to the dentist to get a new set of aligners, which is included in the cost. However, if you lose a set of aligners before it's time to get a different set, you may have to pay extra to have them replaced. Luckily, if you have orthodontia treatment included in your dental insurance, it should include Invisalign.

Lingual braces, however, start at about $5,000 and can reach as high as $13,000 or more. The higher cost is largely due to the extra skill required to install lingual braces. Again, if you have orthodontia dental insurance coverage, you won't have to pay the full amount out-of-pocket, but it may be harder to find an orthodontist who provides lingual braces.

Invisible braces are a great alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign is more comfortable, easier to use, and more affordable, but lingual braces treat more conditions. If you would like to know more, contact a dentist in your area today.