James Andrews Orthodontics

Lingual Braces In Perth

What are Lingual Braces?

Delve into the world of lingual braces, an orthodontic innovation that combines the familiar components of traditional braces with the hidden aspects of clear aligners. These braces discreetly reside on the back of your teeth, known as the lingual side, rendering them virtually invisible from the front!

Gain insights into the advantages and considerations associated with lingual braces, and an assessment of whether this innovative orthodontic solution is right for you. 

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Clear Aligners vs. Lingual Braces

JAO Clear Aligners

3D Printed Plastic Trays
Removable: 18 - 22 hours daily wear time
Delivered same day/ within a few days
Personalised, individual treatment plans
In-office appointments every 8-16 weeks
Flexible appointment scheduling and remote appointments to meet your lifestyle
Aesthetic treatment for most patients

Lingual Braces

Aesthetic metal brackets, hidden behind the teeth
Fixed: 24 hour daily wear time; minor diet restrictions
One time placement of braces
Personalised, individual treatment plans
In-office appointments every 8-12 weeks
Flexible appointment scheduling to meet your lifestyle
Most efficient treatment for majority of patients

Common Reasons Patients Choose Invisible Braces

Truly invisible

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High-tech care from an orthodontic expert

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More comfortable
 than most expect

Hassle-free wear

Why James Andrews Orthodontics

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Personalised Treatment

There's no one-size-fits-all solution. We recognise that each patient is wonderfully unique, which is why we craft customised treatment plans tailored specifically to your needs. With us, your orthodontic journey will be defined by a personal touch, ensuring you receive the utmost care that's designed exclusively for you.

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Advanced Technology

Our approach revolves around the latest advancements in digital dentistry, allowing us to create precise and tailored clear aligners. With meticulous craftsmanship and 3D printing technology, we bring to life a digital simulation of your teeth in their optimal positions.

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Maximise Health Benefits

We’re committed to making the most of your health benefits. We understand the importance of financial flexibility, and that's why we offer personalised payment plans that align with your budgetary needs. With complete transparency, we ensure there are no hidden costs or surprises along the way.

Arrange a Complimentary Consultation!

Whether you prefer a virtual consultation or an in-person visit to our Perth clinic, we’re ready to get started. Your first appointment is on us, and it comes with personalised recommendations tailored specifically to your orthodontic needs. No referral from a general dentist needed!


The length of your orthodontic treatment will vary based on your individual needs. In most cases treatment takes 12-18 months, but it could take as little as six months if you’re only looking to straighten mild crowding. Your orthodontist should be able to give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take during your initial consultation.

You’ll need to see your orthodontist regularly throughout your lingual brace treatment – roughly every 6-8 weeks. This is so they can adjust your brace and make sure everything is moving as planned. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions.


No. You don’t need your dentist to refer you for an orthodontic consultation. You can contact your local specialist orthodontist directly to arrange your first appointment.


Lingual braces can be uncomfortable at first, but you’ll quickly adjust and there are a few measures you can take to help prevent any discomfort. If your brace is irritating your tongue you can put a small piece of orthodontic wax over the offending bracket. A painkiller such as paracetamol can help to alleviate any achiness and gargling salt water will also help to soothe your mouth.


As a general rule, you should avoid eating anything hard, chewy or sticky. Top offenders include crusty bread, toffee and chewing gum. Sticky foods will cling to your brace and be difficult to remove; while hard, chewy foods can remove brackets, resulting in a special trip to see your orthodontist. You’ll actually find that you can still enjoy most foods; you’ll just need to cut them up into smaller pieces before enjoying.

Lingual orthodontics is a complex technique that requires special training and equipment. Not every orthodontist will offer every type of brace, which sometimes comes down to personal preference as well as their target audience.
Yes – absolutely. Lingual braces can be used to target small sections including the front six teeth. In these cases treatment will usually be quicker and more affordable.

You may experience a lisp for a few days after having your brace fitted while your mouth adjusts. The more you practice talking, the quicker it will disappear.


Lingual braces can cost more than clear aligners or traditional fixed braces. This reflects the cost of the brace itself, particularly if it has been custom-made just for you. It also reflects the training and expertise of your orthodontist and the length of your appointments. Because the brackets are on the inside of your teeth, they’re slightly less accessible and therefore adjustments can take slightly longer.