Lingual Braces Vancouver

What are Lingual Braces and How Do They Work?

Lingual braces are orthodontic appliances that fit up behind the teeth and therefore are not visible. The word “lingual” means tongue or palate and, when related to braces, refers to the inside surface of teeth. Lingual braces are flat, comfortable and practically invisible because they are attached to the inside of your teeth. They are an effective and cosmetic alternative to traditional braces which are fixed to the front, or outside, surface of the teeth. 

Lingual braces are an excellent choice for you if you want your teeth straightened with minimal effect on your appearance; these orthodontic appliances will not be visible.


Why Choose Lingual Braces to Straigthen Your Teeth?


Completely invisible to other people

100% customized for the best fit and results

Minimal discomfort and speech interference

If you are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces that are visible, then lingual treatment might be the best choice for you. Cosmetic appearance is important for most of us; if you need to do presentations to audiences or clients and want to maintain a professional image while developing a great smile, a lingual system is a good fit for you. Our certified orthodontist, Dr. Wang, specializes in lingual braces and a number of other types of orthodontic braces, and can evaluate your needs and help you decide which treatment is best for you and your lifestyle. If lingual braces are the right choice for you, you can receive orthodontic care at our Surrey or Vancouver office.

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Dr. Wang, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)
Dr Kevin Lee
Dr. Kevin Lee, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C)

Who Choose Lingual Braces?

  • Adults in professions that generally frown upon the look with braces or in professions where wearing braces are discouraged.
  • Anyone who are highly conscious on their looks.

Anyone wanting invisible braces find that lingual bracket treatment provides an effective solution for straightening teeth and creating a beautiful smile. This orthodontic system for straightening teeth uses advanced technology to provide a solution that works well and that is not visible.

The expert Orthodontists at PacificWest Dental Group will determine if lingual braces are the best solution for straightening your teeth. We serve clients in our Surrey and Vancouver, BC offices.

Can Lingual Braces Treat Teeth Alignment Issues Effectively?

Yes! Lingual braces can treat teeth alignment and crowding issues as effectively as normal braces and Invisalign. This includes:

  • Crowded Teeth
  • Misisng Teeth
  • Irregular Spacing
  • Open Bite
  • Over Bite
  • Under Bite
  • Cross Bite

Frequently Asked Questions

Lingual braces are orthodontic appliances that fit behind the teeth and are, therefore, not visible. The word “lingual” means tongue or palate and, when related to braces, refers to the inside of the teeth.

The biggest difference between lingual braces and traditional braces are they only visible to your orthodontist because they sit behind the tooth. They give each tooth its own bracket and wire. The appliance is shaped to the back of each tooth.

Yes! Lingual braces are just effective as traditional braces. They can treat various conditions, including crowded teeth, missing teeth, irregular spacing, and bite issues. They also slowly straighten your teeth.

Lingual braces are more expensive than traditional braces. They use customized designs to fit each tooth, making the application complex. The treatment period can be longer.

There are several ideal candidates for lingual braces. Those who want their braces to be less visible and want to avoid damaging the front surfaces of their teeth can benefit from these orthodontic appliances. Musicians who play wind instruments, older adults and those who play contact sports can also use lingual braces.

Factors such as your case's severity and the issue being addressed affect how long it takes to see visible results with lingual braces. You may notice your teeth shifting after four weeks, but results start becoming more visible in two to three months.

Results vary depending on the case and the patient. On average, the treatment period for most patients is one to two years.

The level of discomfort with lingual braces is similar to that of traditional braces. However, they will irritate the tongue a bit more. They do not cause discomfort in lips and cheeks like traditional braces. The effects vary depending on the patient and orthodontic issues.

Lingual braces do not need to be taken out when eating or drinking as Invisalign does. However, you should eat soft food that’s easy to chew after getting them on the first time and after adjustments. It will decrease the amount of discomfort you experience.

You should brush your teeth with a soft round-bristle toothbrush twice daily. Dental floss can be hard to use when you have an orthodontic appliance in your mouth, so use interdental cleaners to reach hard-to-reach places. While you can eat the foods, you regularly eat, avoiding sticky foods that stick to the braces is recommended. Lastly, remember to clean your appliance with dental floss after eating.

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Our goal is to achieve the highest level of patient health and satisfaction, and contribute positively to our community. 


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We encourage a friendly atmosphere at our Vancouver and Surrey office, and welcome all our patients into the PacificWest Dental family. We understand our patients are trusting us with their smile, and we appreciate that trust. We believe in being transparent with our patients about the process, and we make sure they are comfortable every step of the way. We are happy to offer the latest technology in the industry and multidisciplinary care to treat our patients in the best possible way.

We are pleased to have Dr. Wang, Dr. Lee, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Chiang overseeing the orthodontic treatment of our patients. Each of our orthodontists is Certified Specialists in Orthodontics. Learn more about our orthodontists here.

The teams at both of our locations provide equal quality care, and we want you to choose the location that is most convenient for you.


Having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can affect more than how your smile looks. Severely crowded dentition is more difficult to clean, and may result in higher risk of cavities and gum disease. Other common malocclusion such as crossbite and deepbite can cause uneven wear to the teeth and extra stress to the jaw joint. Check out our Orthodontics page for more information.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has so much passion and love in the art of moving teeth, they spend 2-3 more years in specialty school to learn the knowledge and skill in orthodontics. Additionally, they need to pass the rigorous national board examination (The Royal College of Dentists of Canada, National Dental Specialty Examination) in order to become a certified specialist in Canada. Finally, because a certified orthodontist usually will limit his or her practice to orthodontics only, they have much more experience in diagnosing malocclusion and providing treatments than a family dentist.

Whether a case can be treated by a family dentist depends on the complexity of the malocclusion and the experience and training of the family dentist. Many family dentists have great interest in orthodontics and will take courses to obtain knowledge and experience in providing braces treatment. In fact, the orthodontists at PacificWest Dental have hosted many study clubs to help our family dentist colleagues learn about orthodontics.

You should ask your family dentist what kind of training he or she has in orthodontics, if he or she treated cases like yours before, and does he or she have photos of the case that he has completed to show you. We will be more than happy to provide you with a second opinion if you have any questions about your teeth!

Orthodontic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, whether young or old. Starting from the age of 7, we recommend taking your child to visit us so that we can monitor his or her teeth and jaw growth, and keep an eye out for potential problems. Learn more about our approach here.

Braces work by gently pulling and pushing the teeth to guide them into alignment. The real working horse in this process is the wire. Think of your teeth as a set of trains; braces are the wheels on the train, and the wire is the rail. It is the wire that guides the teeth where to go.

But how does the physical force from the wire actually make teeth move? Teeth are suspended in the bone by a collection of ligaments. When teeth are under pressure, these ligaments are squashed, and they release signals to call for cells (osteoclast) to come to remove the bone surround them (so they could become unsquashed).  After the teeth have moved into new position, another type of cell (osteoblast) will come to build new bones around the teeth to secure it in the new position. And this is how braces work to move your teeth!

At the initial consultation, we want to understand your needs and provide you with treatment options. In order to do this, we will need your medical and dental history, and any questions you may have!

This is the million dollar question! The cost of braces is based on several factors like the complexity of your case, how long treatment will take and which type of appliances you choose (metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign® or lingual braces). And because each patient receives a different treatment plan customized to his or her need, the cost will also be different.

Rest assured that during the consultation with Dr. Wang and Dr. Lee, financial figures will be discussed in depth. At PacificWest Dental Group, we work together with our patients to ensure treatment is affordable and payment options are flexible. We offer interest-free financing and accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, and debit.

Insurance plan coverage varies greatly, so we recommend asking your provider what your coverage includes. We will provide you the total cost of your treatment before your first appointment so you can determine your cost after your insurance coverage.

We do not direct bill to your insurance provider, but provide you with receipts and invoices so you can successfully process your claims.

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Where To Find Us?

Pacific West Dental’s Vancouver clinic is located at 182 E 15th Ave, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. The clinic is situated near Main Street and is easily accessible by car or public transit.

If you are taking public transit to the clinic, you can take the Canada Line SkyTrain towards King George and get off at Broadway-City Hall station. From there, take the 99 B-Line bus towards UBC and get off at Main Street and East 15th Avenue. The clinic will be a short walk away.

If you are driving to the clinic, you can take the Cambie Street Bridge and turn left onto Broadway. Continue on Broadway and turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto East 15th Avenue and the clinic will be on your right-hand side.

Nearby landmarks to Pacific West Dental’s Vancouver location include Main Street, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, and Guelph Park.

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