Incognito or Lingual Braces
To get a fantastic smile, children, teens, young adults and adults may benefit from comprehensive orthodontic treatment or braces.
Most of us are familiar with the traditional metal braces, wires, and brackets that appear on front of the upper and lower teeth. For this reason, some people who would benefit from orthodontic treatment might be reluctant to consult their Orthodontist. The obvious appearance of braces on the front teeth may tend to make some people self-conscious, and therefore for whatever reason (job, school, etc.), they do not seek orthodontic correction, even though a better alignment of teeth and a more pleasing smile would be extremely beneficial.
For those people, there now are several high tech treatment options which can provide comprehensive orthodontic treatment while eliminating the need for these metal braces. One of these options are braces which are cemented on the back side of the teeth or Incognito (Lingual Braces).
Incognito Orthodontic Braces are a new generation of orthodontic treatment methods for teens and adults. Because they are placed behind your teeth, no one will ever know you are wearing braces unless you tell them. Incognito appliances can give you a beautiful smile, even while you’re wearing them.
What are the advantages of Incognito (lingual) braces?
First off, Incognito (lingual) braces cannot be seen. The brackets are placed on the back side of the teeth, and they are not visible from the front. Working just like traditional braces, Incognito braces eventually straighten a patient’s teeth within the same amount of time metal braces would -- without the metal appearance. Of course, each patient’s overall treatment timeline depends upon the difficulty of the individual case.
Secondly, in contrast to conventional braces, the Incognito Appliances are 100% customized to deliver specific results for each patient, while ensuring a higher comfort level. Your doctor determines your prescription and then your braces are custom made just for you. We use the latest CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping and robotic technologies to fabricate your braces with your unique prescription built in.
How do Incognito (lingual) braces work?
For lingual braces, your teeth will be utilized to make an impression. Afterwards, a laboratory will then use computer technology to design the metal brackets customized for the back of each tooth. The brackets are then transferred to your teeth and cemented.
In terms of maintenance, you will have regularly scheduled appointments with your Orthodontist, who monitors your treatment progress and makes adjustments to the braces.
What do Incognito look like?
Our braces have a unique design and fit. The bracket bases are contoured to hug the lingual (tongue-side) surfaces of your teeth for optimal comfort, fit and performance. They have a very low profile so they are less likely to interfere with your speech. Our special iWire™ Precision Archwires are precisely programmed with your unique prescription to ensure efficient, effective tooth movement.
Who are good candidates for Incognito (orthodontic braces)?
Women and men, teenagers and adults, from 13 years to over 60 years of age, from students to professionals, choose Incognito Orthodontic Braces. Odds are, if you can be treated with traditional braces, you are a good candidate for this system.
Some of the people who wear Incognito Appliances include:
- Adult Professionals
- Musicians who play wind instruments
Adults and teens playing sports
- People who want to avoid damage to the front surfaces of their teeth and inner lips
- Anyone who wants straight teeth and an outstanding smile
- People who are concerned about wearing braces that show
The advanced technology of the Incognito Appliance System allows orthodontists to treat a wide variety of case types and is a good treatment option for most adults and for adolescents who have their permanent teeth. Consulting an orthodontist who is certified to offer the Incognito System is the best way to find out if they are right for you. A list of certified Orthodontists is provided on the Incognito website, lingualcare.com.
Will my speech be affected?
As with traditional braces, every person reacts differently. However, most patients do not experience a speech impediment. Those patients who do experience a minor speech impediment during the first couple of weeks find that this improves with each passing day. Your Orthodontist can also provide you with speech exercises.
Will they be painful?
For the first two weeks after your braces are put on, your tongue, lips and teeth may be sore, just as they would be with traditional braces. You will be given instructions from your Orthodontist as to how to care for and adjust to your new braces.
Does the Incognito system cost more than traditional braces?
Because the Incognito System is customized for each individual patient (with each bracket and wire specifically made to each patient’s unique prescription), the fee is higher than with other aesthetic appliances on the market. However, the advantages of the system outweigh the additional costs.
Will Insurance cover the cost of the Incognito system?
You should talk to your provider to see if orthodontics is covered in your plan. In most cases our braces will receive the same coverage as traditional braces.
How long does it take to finish treatment with the Incognito system?
Treatment time varies per patient and case type. Due to the advanced technology in the customized brackets, precise bracket placement and precision bent wires, your teeth will move in the most efficient manner possible.
How do you care for Incognito braces?
As with any other type of braces, the main concern in caring for lingual braces is keeping your teeth and braces clean. You will need to eat softer foods. You will need to grow accustomed to how the braces feel in your mouth by practicing talking. You might need dental wax to assist you on occasion. After you initially adjust to the braces, you just use common sense in avoiding stringy foods, which might get caught in the brackets.