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Lingual Braces Vs. Translucent Braces

Lingual Braces Vs. Translucent Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, hiding them from sight.“Translucent” braces are made of a tooth-coloured ceramic that blends in with the colour of your teeth. We hope this post will help you decide which of these options would be best for you!


Every patient who visits our office is different, in terms of both orthodontic issues and personality. That’s we offer a variety of treatment options, and make the comparative pros and cons of each very clear.

Today, let's look at the differences between lingual braces and translucent ceramic braces.

Translucent Braces

To start with, you should know that translucent braces are not actually see-through; it just looks like they are, because the ceramic material that the brackets are made of blends in so well with the colour of teeth.

This apparent translucency helps make these braces a more understated choice compared to traditional braces, which have brackets made of metal.

Translucent braces can be a bit expensive compared to traditional braces, and for this reason many patients choose to have them applied only to their more visible teeth, usually the top front ones.

Ceramic brackets are not as strong as metal ones, and so the orthodontist can't apply as much pressure to them at adjustment appointments, meaning that tooth movement happens more slowly. As a result, treatment with this style of braces can take somewhat longer than average. 

Finally, the ceramic brackets are actually larger in size than metal ones, adding more bulk over all. This is not apparent visually, but you may want to consider this factor in terms of comfort.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are very much like traditional braces. The only major difference with these is that they are placed on the inside facing surface of your teeth; that is, the surface facing into your mouth, toward the back of your mouth.

Lingual braces are therefore almost completely hidden from sight, and they won’t be visible unless you open up your mouth wide. The brackets on lingual braces are just as strong as those on traditional braces, meaning treatment time is about the same.

A potential negative of lingual braces is that they may make talking quite difficult at first. And since they sit right where your tongue hits the backs of your teeth, they can cause some irritation and discomfort to the tongue at first as well.

Additionally, although treatment time is not necessarily longer, the duration of adjustment appointments might be. Lingual braces can also still be somewhat more expensive than traditional braces.

Finally, due to their position in the mouth lingual braces can be a bit tricky to clean. The awkward angles may require some acrobatics on your part!

Translucent and lingual braces both have their pros and cons, but in general, both these orthodontic treatments make for great choices for people looking for more inconspicuous options.

If you are interested in learning more about lingual or translucent braces, please contact us at Austin Heights Orthodontics today to book a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs.