Incognito® lingual braces use very small brackets that attach to the back surfaces of teeth, making them virtually undetectable by anyone but your orthodontist or dentist during treatment. Because they’re so discreet, Incognito® lingual braces are an especially popular option for adults who want to have beautiful, straight smiles and healthier teeth, but don’t want their colleagues, clients or others to know they’re wearing braces.
Treatment with Incognito® lingual braces is similar to treatment with clear braces placed on the fronts of tooth surfaces. It begins with a series of impressions or molds of the teeth. These impressions are sent to a special lab and scanned into a computer that uses special software to create custom brackets designed to be placed on the backs of the teeth. The Incognito® system creates each set of brackets based on the individual’s mouth shape, teeth positions and treatment goals for optimal results. Once the brackets are created, they’re carefully and securely adhered to the back surfaces of the teeth in a single office visit. Wires are threaded through the brackets and adjusted over time to keep the teeth moving in the proper directions.
Incognito® braces do not hurt, but just like braces placed on the front surfaces of teeth, they can take a little time to get used to. Once the brackets are applied, care instructions and other guidelines are provided to help each patient adjust to their new braces as quickly as possible.
Incognito® lingual braces may be used to treat some alignment issues that cannot be addressed using the Invisalign® system, making them a little more versatile. They don’t have to be removed when eating, which means they’re always in place and doing their “job.” There’s no need to worry about swapping out one aligner for the next one in the sequence, and although Invisalign® aligners are made of clear plastic, Incognito® lingual braces are much more difficult to detect.