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What are invisible (lingual) braces?

Thanks to today’s technology, people of all ages -- including adults -- can have a great smile without having to wear metal braces. Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains why talking to your dentist about invisible braces could improve your smile.


Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Invisible (lingual) braces are braces that are glued to the backs of the teeth. They work just like regular braces in that they have brackets, wires, elastics, etc. Their primary advantage is that they are not visible from outside the mouth. The drawbacks include more irritation to the tongue, slurring of speech in some patients, increased difficulty of adjustments for orthodontic staff, higher cost. The advent of digital orthodontic systems like SureSmile will allow lingual braces to be used by more practitioners and patients.
Invisible, or lingual braces, are braces that are attached to the back of your teeth, not the front like traditional braces. Like traditional braces, they are connected by wires. Lingual braces are considered invisible because you can’t see them behind the teeth.

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