Why Lingual Braces Cost More

Lingual Braces CostLingual braces cost more than regular braces for a plethora of different reasons. We’ll get into some of these reasons shortly, however, let’s first touch base on why people need braces.

It’s obvious that people obtain braces as a means to fix crooked teeth, or teeth that may be slightly out of line comparative to their other pearly whites. The truth of the matter is, overtime your teeth naturally shift which is why more and more people are beginning to need braces at later ages then before. Braces are not anything to be ashamed of, although with the world and its emphasis on beauty many people become rather discouraged because they have to succumb to these abrasive braces.

There are different types of braces that can be used to adorn your teeth, and fix your dental ailments. The most common is of course, your traditional metal braces. They are not stylish at all, but many have used them because of the awesome job they do on rectifying crooked teeth in no time.

However, for people that are at an older age, where appearance is seen to be everything to them, they prefer to take the approach to wearing lingual braces instead. There are a few apparent reasons why many people have decided to take the approach to these more expensive braces, lets touch base on a big majority of these reasons.

First off, lingual braces will end up costing you at least $1, 500 to $2,000 more than the cost of standard braces.  It’s not at all uncommon to see lingual braces costs above $10,000. So, it is imperative if you are considering getting these types of braces that your insurance is more then obliged to cover the extra expense. Some insurance companies are more then happy to cover 80% if not all the cost of  lingual braces. An economic  alternative to these braces may be Invisalign braces. Invisalign braces cost less than both lingual and traditional braces, but need to be appropriate for your unique situation.

Now, that you know how much the lingual braces cost, your probably wondering why these braces are so much more then the traditional metal braces. Well, the first apparent reason why, is because lingual braces are actually invisible. When you obtain a pair of lingual braces the brackets are placed on the backside of your teeth instead of in front, like normal metal braces are. Placing braces on the back of teeth is not only more labor intensive, but it also takes considerable customization.  Both these factors raise the cost of lingual braces in comparison to the traditional cost of braces.

It is stated, that over a progressive period of time, lingual braces will strengthen out your teeth just as regular metal braces do. Of course, the time frame does depend on the persons overall case. So, everyone will not get the same results in the same period of time.

Lingual braces are custom fit to your mouth, therefore it makes speaking simple unlike metal braces that may cause you to spit when you are trying to pronounce certain words. These braces serve the same purpose of metal braces but they help with the self confidence factor as well.

When someone who is older, is told that they have to have braces, most of the time they will opt to get lingual braces. Why do these invisible braces cost so much? Well the answer to that question is mostly because of time in customization.  Any translucent appearance of the braces or overall comfort is an added benefit. If you have the extra money for lingual braces, it is well worth it.


  1. amy, 10. November 2009, 19:50

    wtf ??
    omg they are expensive !!!
    but they much better than the ugly alternative braces

    i wanna have some lingual braces..
    BUT i think ive got a *special bite* (?)
    and i read that the lingual braces are impossible for those with a special bite
    i dont wann have alternative braces..
    i would rather die !!!!

    and i will go on balance to become lingual braces
    i swear :DD

  2. Larry, 24. April 2010, 16:57

    Lingual braces cost more for several reasons that are not accurately portrayed in this column:
    1. Unlike the front of teeth that are all basically the same shape from person to person, the back of the teeth (lingual) are vastly different from person to person and even from side to side of the same person. Although we are talking millimeters in difference in shape it only takes a mm of difference in the final position of the teeth for the teeth to look crooked. Lingual braces must be custom-made by a lab to fit the individual they are going to be placed on. The customization by a lab takes many hours of technician work and is a very machine intense process resulting in typical lab fees for the orthodontist of about $2000 per arch of teeth (each arch is one jaw of teeth).
    2. Working on the back of the teeth to adjust braces is extremely difficult and requires lots of experience to get good at doing it. You are paying for experience of the orthodontist too.
    3. Appointments also take twice or more time than braces on the front of the teeth and all orthodontists have to sell is there limited time in any given day so again, more cost.
    4. Because of the difficulty of working on the appliances assistants can’t do much of the work as is done with labial (front) braces and so more of the orthodontists time is required.
    5. Orthodontic residencies don’t teach much lingual orthodontics and so the ortho must learn it on his own requiring more time, travel expenses, course fees, etc… which must get reimbursed somehow–again, more cost to patients.
    6. Very few orthodontists are willing to do all of the above and so supply and demand curve shifts again–so more cost to patient.
    But if you want lingual treatment you can get everything finished well and to at least the same quality of finished results as any and all other types of braces. Invisalign cannot boast this and is a very limited in use and quality of finish (one ortho. study shows Invisalign gets 40% of the quality of result as standard fixed braces when compared using board standard measurements).

  3. Kiara, 25. August 2010, 19:12

    Hi, I was just wondering..
    My bottom teeth are perfectly straight, but on my top teeth, they are a little crooked, and my canine teeth are higher then the rest of my teeth.
    Would I be able to use Lingual braces on them? Like its not like they are all the way in the gums.
    And also, would it cost less if I only got Lingual braces on the top teeth?


  4. mandy, 4. March 2011, 20:50

    I just got 6 lingual braces (top front) yesterday. OmG they hurt! I am 35. Never had braces before and had just one tooth that is slightly crooked. They cost 3500. If I could do it over I would have got the standard.

  5. Melissa, 28. July 2011, 15:32

    People that have lingual braces- do they really hurt? My bottom teeth have shifted a little due to wisdom teeth and I do not want invisalgn (takes to long) or alternative braces (don’t want anyone seeing them)….your honest input is greatly appreciated!

  6. Kaelyn, 19. February 2012, 23:58

    I think they should lower the price. It’s outrageous!! I understand it’s custom made for you, but 1,000 to 1,500 more money out my wallet would not make me happy.

  7. Valerie, 16. April 2012, 1:52

    I had regular braces when I was 12-14, didn’t really wear the retainers… I am 30 now and I got lingual braces about 4 months ago (my entire treatment is 12 months). It does not hurt at all, a little bit after your monthly appointment but that’s it (just like regular braces). I paid $6000 for the treatment.

  8. Tammie, 2. May 2012, 2:35

    My fiance got lingual braces 2 months ago and they have been awful. He has alot of pain with his tongue and teeth. He also has difficulty talking and he is tired all the time. Also a couple of the brackets have come loose so they have to put back on. He has to take off work a lot more than expected. The lingual braces are a lot more labor intensive than he could have ever imagined. If had to do over again he would get normal braces. Not worth it!

  9. Judy Aggrey, 6. July 2012, 18:57

    I just had lingual braces fixed two days ago (bottom teeth). My word! My whole mouth is sore!! The sides of my tongue is VERY sore, because it keeps scratching against the metal, and ultimately, makes swallowing very difficult as well. I’m beginning to regret going for the lingual braces but when I dream of the end results I’m going to hopefully see, I keep strong and suffer in silence. It’s day 3 today and I haven’t been able to eat any solids. I miss my usual meals. 🙁 chewing anything is out of the question! The Ortho said he’d fix only the lower teeth and fix the upper teeth in two weeks time, because it’d ake tie for me to adjust, however, I argued with him to fix both same day. Now I understand why he suggested that and I wish he would even fix the upper teeth in 10 weeks time!!!

  10. Richie, 22. December 2012, 23:49

    Ive just had my braces fitted on my top teeth 2 weeks ago. Im 24 so did not want traditional braces as im in a customer facing job. With hindsight i would of took a couple of days of work from the fitting as adjusting to the speech problems was highly embarrassing. Im now pretty much talking normal but i really thought it was never gonna go away!! The other problem is keeping them clean. Absolutely every type of food gets caught and needs to be cleaned out. Not sure how this compares to traditional although sure its similar story. The issues with rubbing and cutting of my tongue is also hard work but expected ad with any brace. It has now become bearable as the brace has settled. Overall i would say this option is perfect for its role at being discreet. It takes a lot of willpower and commitment but the thought of the end reslut keeps me sane! Personnally if you are not too self concious then traditional is much better option but that does not mean this is bad choice as the detail and engineering that goes into it is unbelievable, plus if you have narrow bite, as its pushes outwards it also expands. Hope this had helped anyone considering treatment, and remember anything thats worthwhile in life takes commitment and hard work 🙂

  11. Jazzy, 28. January 2013, 0:41

    Thanks for a great web page I’m excited at meeting my orthodontist on feb 25 2013

  12. D. Fernandez, 10. August 2013, 12:30

    I’m 37 and just had lingual braces (3M). Before considering lingual braces a a choice I went to the manufacturer site to find an appropriate certified doctor. My logic was that since lingual braces are less common, the more experience the doctor the better service and installing procedure I’ll get.

    The CONs:
    Definitely the cost, which is clearly explained before, mostly because of customization. I just can add to that the quality of the material. White front brakets are more likely to brake than lingual.
    The Edge close to your mouth, I didn’t use braces before, si I cannot compare with traditional braces, but it’s logical that some sharp edge are in contact with the mouth. It’s becoming less disgusting and after 3 days I am not using wax to prevent contact with my tongue.
    Flossing. There’s no doubt that flossing become a major issue when you are wearing braces of any kind. I solve that with the water jet, which I’m using instead of floss. It’s advertised as 3X better than flossing and I am feeling the results already.

    The PROs
    Discretion. You are practically not wearing braces for the people in front of you. Another advantage is that despite that food gets trapped in the braces, as it happens with all braces, however when you are at a restaurant you don’t have food trapped in front of your teeth.
    Speed. Since the braces are custom made and even the arch is custom made, te manufacturer (in my case 3M) use computer algorithms to simulate the movements of your teeh in time. Each braket is made for each teeth and the angles are calculated better, therefore the movement of the teeth in the desire direction is more accurate. I was told that with traditional braces the adjustment of positioning all teeth in the Rigth place is more manually made, because the brackets are manually placed and minimal variations can happens, with lingual braces the brackets fit only in a specific spot of your teeth.
    Maintenance. I was told that because the inner part of the teeth is more abrasive than the external part, and because the shape is custom made, stadistically the brackets of the 3M Incognito System are less likely to brake. Regarding the comment of a bracket falling made before, it was more an issue of the doctor expertise installing, anyways it can happen and as with any kind of bracers, no ice nor hard food should be on your diet.

    I was really happy with my teeth, but after visiting the orthodontist with my daughter I proceed with an evaluation. Since my lower jaw and my upper jaw are not perfectly aligned the front teeth were moving forward and my upper canines not being stopped by the lowers teeth make them see larger than expected. I could decide not to weare braces an continue a happy life, but I understood that since it will only get worst.

    Putting metal braces in the front o my teeth was not a choice since I am a business consultant, didn’t want to be Ina restaurant with food attached to a front braket, nor was willing to wait 18 month instead of 12 or max 14 with lingual braces.

  13. Mini, 24. September 2013, 6:17

    Hey! I’m about to get braces and I’m 12-14, At the moment financially 1,500 & 2000 isn’t going to really work for my parents, I saw this thing 3M icognito braces and apperanlty they are the exact same price as original braces, any info on that would help.
    -thanks. 🙂


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