Beam clear aligners: A better alternative to lingual braces on the back of teeth

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What are braces on the back of teeth?

Braces on the back of teeth are also known as lingual braces. They are ceramic brackets and are bonded to the lingual side of the back teeth. This is an alternative to traditional metal braces. The advantages of lingual braces are that they’re less obvious, they do not require chewing on metal, and they can be used for adults with orthodontic problems.

How lingual braces (braces on the back of teeth) work?

Braces on the back of teeth, or as we’ve identified earlier, lingual braces work through a 2-step process:

  1. Computer Modeling & Simulation: An orthodontist uses a computer model before fabricating braces to your teeth.
  2. Braces Installation: Second, lingual braces are placed behind the teeth by connecting them with a wire that will move the teeth into a predetermined position.

Lingual braces vs regular braces?

Lingual braces are a popular alternative to traditional braces – you won’t have to worry about anyone spotting them. They’re great if you’re worried about self-esteem or swallowing issues, and can be more effective in some cases.

Are there any disadvantages to braces on the back of teeth?

There are a few downsides to lingual braces that you should consider before deciding if this is the treatment option for you. Some of the downsides include:


Lingual brackets (braces on the back of the teeth) are even more expensive than regular metal braces because they’ve got to be custom made and they’re not in silver, metal color like most braces.

Not always ‘invisible’

Although some people refer to them as “invisible braces”, they don’t always remain invisible. The elastics which attach to the top and bottom rows of lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth) might look a bit ugly for some people.


Lingual braces have a short-term effect on a patient’s speech. Behind the teeth is where the tongue sits, and a lingual brace takes up some of that space, which can cause a change in speech. It takes practice but with time most patients’ speech will improve.

Do lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth) take longer than standard braces?

Yes, braces on the back of your teeth can take longer than regular braces. The archwire attached to the front of teeth in traditional braces has the greater pulling power to move teeth into the position faster than a wire behind the teeth. Lingual braces require more regular check-up appointments than standard braces. The appointments are usually longer than appointments for standard braces so this contributes to the additional cost.

Beam clear aligners – a better alternative to lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth)


Beam clear aligners price are up to 70% cheaper than lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth). Lingual braces are typical $9,000+ whereas Beam clear aligners are $2,149.

Treatment time

Beam clear aligners offer a much faster treatment time. Lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth) typically take 24 months+ compared to the average Beam clear aligner treatment at 4-6 months.

Patient Comfortability

Beam clear aligners offer a more comfortable treatment option than lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth) as there are no metal wires and Beam clear aligners can be taken off while eating.

No in office dental appointments

Lingual braces (braces on the back of the teeth) require multiple in-office dentist appointments. Whereas Beam clear aligner treatment can be completed from the comfort of your home with remote monitoring by our dental team.

Beam clear aligners

At Beam, our mission is to make dental care more affordable and accessible to all Australians. That’s why our clear aligners are the most affordable solution for improving your smile. Best of all we offer two simple ways to pay. 

Once you have purchased your Beam impression kit and approved your Beam Clear Aligner treatment plan the next step in your smile journey is to purchase your Beam Clear Aligners to achieve your dream smile. We offer flexible clear aligner pricing plans as outlined below. We are offering $700 OFF our Single Payment plan for a limited time. All Payment Plans Include Free Teeth Whitening & One Set of Retainers for Post Treatment. Valued at $240. 

You can check the details of our pricing plans here.

If you have any additional questions on braces on the back of teeth and beam clear aligners as an alternative you can contact us at

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