The Difference Between Labial & Lingual Braces

Braces may be Labial (on the lip side of the teeth) or they may be Lingual (on the tongue side of the teeth).

THE PROS AND CONS OF LABIAL BRACES:

  • Labial braces are much less expensive than lingual braces
  • Labial braces require visits every 8-12 weeks as opposed to every 6-8 weeks for lingual braces
  • The treatment time for labial braces is usually about 3-5 months shorter than for lingual braces
  • Labial braces are mechanically superior in most cases, and often result in a more excellent final result
  • Labial braces are more visible

THE PROS AND CONS OF LINGUAL BRACES:

  • They are less visible
  • There is a lower risk of visible decalcification caused by poor oral hygiene
  • It is easier for the orthodontist to evaluate the aesthetics of the smile
  • Lingual braces in the lower jaw are less comfortable and much less effective, therefore, In lingual cases we use tooth-coloured braces in the lower jaw
  • We often have to put clear buttons on the outside of some upper teeth. The elastics that are worn on these buttons are visible
  • Sometimes the upper lingual braces have to be removed and replaced with labial braces in the last 3-6 months of treatment for the best result (no extra charge)

labial treatment
is usually shorter

labial braces
are more visible

lingual braces: less visible decalcification

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