The stigma around braces is slowly yet surely disappearing, with increasingly more adults realising the benefits that discreet orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign and lingual braces, can provide.

But is one option better than the other?

In this blog, we’ll discuss the different teeth straightening treatments in more detail, along with their pros and cons, to help you make an informed decision.

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What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign London is a hassle-free and clinically proven method used to straighten teeth and enhance your smile.

Unlike conventional techniques, no metal wires or brackets are needed. Instead, you simply need to wear a series of clear aligners, which apply the right amount of pressure to gradually move your teeth into a more desirable position.

How does it work?

Invisalign treatment uses 3D computer imaging technology and clear aligners to achieve better alignment, usually within 6 months.

Each aligner is trimmed to your gumline to ensure maximum comfort and will need to be worn for approximately 2 weeks, before being swapped for the next in the series. Ideally, you’ll need to wear your clear braces for 22 hours per day – only removing them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

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The pros and cons of Invisalign treatment


Invisalign aligners are made from a transparent material, which means nobody will know you’re wearing them (unless you tell them, of course).

With no metal wires or brackets to irritate the inside of your mouth, clear aligners are comfortable to wear and will help straighten your teeth.

Removable aligners make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene habits, like regular brushing and flossing. And you can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about them getting caught in your brace.


Invisalign aligners can take some getting used to and may affect your speech, but the more you wear them, the quicker this will improve.

Though they are more discreet than metal braces, when close enough, clear aligners are noticeable. Luckily, you can remove them for special occasions and events.

To achieve optimal results, Invisalign braces must be worn for 20-22 hours each day and rotated at the right time. You also need to take extra care not to lose them when you take them out.

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What are lingual braces?

Lingual braces, sometimes called ‘hidden braces’, are another discreet teeth straightening solution that we are proud to offer at E11even Dental.

These braces are placed behind your teeth, rather than in front of them, making them virtually invisible to see.

How do lingual braces work?

Lingual braces are fixed appliances that work similarly to traditional braces, using brackets and wires (and sometimes plastic bands) to straighten teeth. However, the braces are fixed to the inner tooth surfaces – meaning they can only be seen if you open your mouth wide.

This teeth straightening option is ideal for closing gaps, rotating teeth, fixing bites, and improving overall alignment. Following treatment, a retainer will need to be worn to stabilise the teeth, preventing them from returning to their former misalignments.

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The pros and cons of lingual braces


Lingual braces are hidden behind your teeth, making it difficult for friends, family, and colleagues to spot them.

Since they’re fixed to your teeth, you don’t need to worry about removing them at mealtimes and potentially misplacing them.

Hidden braces are an effective option for straightening a single tooth as well as significant dental crowding. Small adjustments can be made by your orthodontist to help you achieve your dream smile.


Lingual braces can be uncomfortable in the initial stages of your treatment, but our orthodontic specialists can share tips and advice to alleviate this.

Oral hygiene can become more of a challenge – taking more time to clean around the brackets and wires.

Hard and sticky foods are also off-limits, as these could break the wires and brackets – resulting in more trips to the orthodontist and prolonging your treatment.

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Which teeth straightening treatment should you choose?

Invisalign aligners and lingual braces are both viable options for those looking for an inconspicuous solution for straightening teeth – but that’s where the similarities end.

Deciding whether to opt for Invisalign or lingual braces at our practice on Harley District, London, will depend on your personal circumstances. However, the good news is that our expert orthodontists will examine your teeth and gums and help you determine the best option for your oral needs, as well as your lifestyle and budget.

To discuss your dental imperfections in detail with our team, and learn more about the procedures for lingual braces and Invisalign braces, don’t hesitate to call 020 7018 2283.