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What are the differences between lingual braces and regular front braces?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: They look different!
Obviously, if we were to put brackets on lingual surfaces of teeth, instead of usual front side of teeth, they would not be visible to others.
Lingual approach is mostly for esthetics, where one does not want to show others that he/she is going through orthodontic treatment. They are both designed to achieve proper alignment of teeth. Should consider invisalign if you are concerned with showing.

In brief: They look different!
Obviously, if we were to put brackets on lingual surfaces of teeth, instead of usual front side of teeth, they would not be visible to others.
Lingual approach is mostly for esthetics, where one does not want to show others that he/she is going through orthodontic treatment. They are both designed to achieve proper alignment of teeth. Should consider invisalign if you are concerned with showing.
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Dr. William Dabney
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Braces
Lingual braces can not be seen but are a little harder to get use to with some people.
Front braces will bother your lips while lingual braces will mess with your tongue.

In brief: Braces
Lingual braces can not be seen but are a little harder to get use to with some people.
Front braces will bother your lips while lingual braces will mess with your tongue.
Dr. William Dabney
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: The difference is...
Regular braces attach to the front of your teeth.
Lingual braces attach to the tongue side of your teeth. Not everyone has enough room on the backside of their upper front teeth to fit lingual braces. Only an orthodontist can determine which will work better for you.

In brief: The difference is...
Regular braces attach to the front of your teeth.
Lingual braces attach to the tongue side of your teeth. Not everyone has enough room on the backside of their upper front teeth to fit lingual braces. Only an orthodontist can determine which will work better for you.
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Esthetics, comfort
Lingual braces were developed strictly to appeal to patients for esthetic reasons.
Moving teeth with either type of braces still involves wires, elastics, etc. Is is a bit more difficult to work and be worked-on when braces are inside and the tongue may get "beaten-up" a bit more with lingual braces.

In brief: Esthetics, comfort
Lingual braces were developed strictly to appeal to patients for esthetic reasons.
Moving teeth with either type of braces still involves wires, elastics, etc. Is is a bit more difficult to work and be worked-on when braces are inside and the tongue may get "beaten-up" a bit more with lingual braces.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: One is in front
Lingual braces are braces that are put on the back side of your teeth while normal braces go on the front side.
Lingual braces are a relatively new invention and are primarily done for aesthetics of people that dont want to show they have braces (mostly adults). The down side to lingual braces are they cost more and treatment time is often longer, and they can irritate your tongue (vs your cheeks.

In brief: One is in front
Lingual braces are braces that are put on the back side of your teeth while normal braces go on the front side.
Lingual braces are a relatively new invention and are primarily done for aesthetics of people that dont want to show they have braces (mostly adults). The down side to lingual braces are they cost more and treatment time is often longer, and they can irritate your tongue (vs your cheeks.
Dr. Jay Kansal
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Many
Lingual braces invisible.
Wire length between brackets shorter with lingual braces than regular braces, extending time in Rx. Lingual braces can adversely affect speech, especially when new. Sometimes regular braces needed for finishing detail. Ask your Orthodontic Specialist what he/she thinks will be best to resolve your unique problem set.

In brief: Many
Lingual braces invisible.
Wire length between brackets shorter with lingual braces than regular braces, extending time in Rx. Lingual braces can adversely affect speech, especially when new. Sometimes regular braces needed for finishing detail. Ask your Orthodontic Specialist what he/she thinks will be best to resolve your unique problem set.
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