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Lingual Braces vs. Traditional Braces



February 13, 2023

Braces are orthodontic appliances used to guide teeth into a desired, healthy position. But there are more than one type of braces treatment out there. Today we’re going to take a look at two types of braces: Lingual braces, and traditional metal braces.

Traditional braces are metal brackets secured to the front of the teeth. Lingual braces are a newer type of braces that are placed on the inside of the teeth. Let’s discuss both treatments in more detail.


Both braces have similarities such as:

  • Lingual braces and traditional braces use brackets and wires to correct misalignment in the mouth and on the teeth.
  • Both forms of braces require dedication since they must be cleaned, brushed, and flossed regularly and carefully.



Since lingual braces are put beneath the teeth, they do not press against the lips, cheeks, or tongue like traditional braces. The pressure imposed on the lips, cheeks, and tongue by traditional braces may cause discomfort.


Lingual braces are less noticeable because they are put on the back side of the teeth. In contrast, traditional braces are visible because they are positioned on the front side of the teeth.


Lingual braces are often more difficult to clean than traditional braces. They are situated behind the teeth and can be difficult to reach and wash correctly. Traditional braces are easier to clean since they are found in the front of the teeth and can be readily cleaned.

  • Adjustment

Lingual braces can sometimes require more frequent adjustments than traditional braces.

  • Cost

Lingual braces are often more expensive than traditional braces due to their specialized placement and the special training needed for orthodontists to fit them properly.


Both of these types of braces offer advantages and will ultimately help patients straighten their teeth and regain confidence. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of each treatment:

Lingual Braces 

Improved Aesthetic: Lingual braces are less visible when smiling or talking, making them a more discrete orthodontic solution.

Increased Comfort: Lingual braces are more pleasant than traditional braces because they are intended to suit the tongue's shape and the teeth's back.

Traditional Braces 

Traditional braces provide better control of tooth movement for more complex cases.

These braces are more durable than other types of braces.

Choosing the Right Braces for You

Lingual braces and traditional braces are both excellent orthodontic treatments for realigning teeth and improving oral health. In order to determine which treatment is best for you, we recommend coming in for an initial consultation.

The Rykiss Orthodontic team has been carefully trained to serve and care for our valued patients. We are committed to making each step of your treatment comfortable and enjoyable. For more information, contact us today.


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