Orthodontics: Traditional Braces Versus Lingual Braces

Braces have for a long time been the most popular orthodontic treatment worldwide. Today most orthodontic clinics offer two types of braces; traditional braces and lingual braces. Traditional braces are the ones that go over the teeth (on the outside) while lingual braces are installed behind the teeth (on the inside). If you are planning to get braces, learn how these two different types of braces compare.


Both traditional and lingual braces are effective if applied to correct the right dental misalignments. For example, traditional braces are better for under-bites as compared to lingual braces. And on the same note, lingual braces are better for over-bites. The goal is to apply each in the right way. Your orthodontist can advise you on which of the two can better correct your teeth after an examination.

Duration of use

Both traditional and lingual braces work in the same way and are made of the same materials. That said, both are generally worn for roughly the same period of time. The only variation here is the degree of correction wanted. Mostly, traditional braces are used where a lot of correction is required, and in such cases, the braces must be worn for a full term. On the other hand, lingual braces are commonly administered where only slight corrections are needed so in such applications, the braces might be worn for a shorter duration.


This is where the two braces contrast most. Traditional braces are very visible because they are installed on the teeth's exterior. When you have them installed, anyone you meet and interact with will notice them immediately. On the other hand, lingual braces are installed on the interior so they are not as visible. So although both braces have their ideal applications, lingual braces are also recommended for adults who wish to keep their braces a secret.

Ease of cleaning teeth

One of the main concerns for people getting braces is just how difficult it will be to clean their teeth. People with both lingual and traditional braces can clean their teeth and braces using normal toothbrushes and interdental brushes. The level of difficulty is roughly the same because both types feature a similar design. The only slight difference is that lingual braces are located on the inside so they might be a little bit harder to clean in between using an interdental brush.

Above all else, your dental needs should be the biggest determinant of which type of braces to wear. After all, the aim of wearing either type of braces is to get a straight set of teeth. Talk to your orthodontist and have them examine your teeth for a recommendation.