One of the newly developed braces today, incognito braces are custom made braces that, as its name suggests, can’t be seen from the front side of the teeth. Since these are bonded and affixed on the teeth’s backside, they are sort of “invisible“. You wouldn’t know someone was wearing braces, unless they open their mouth and show this to you.
Classified under lingual braces, which means they are fitted to the back or lingual side, Incognito is fully customized, based on the patients teeth set. As such, every brace that is molded is unique and different. Worn by anyone at any age, many patients are apparently seeking to get lingual braces done on their teeth. It’s popularity among dental patients is slowly increasing.
Who can ideally wear Incognito braces?
Because the braces are cemented behind the teeth, some people who actually have confidence issues with wearing traditional braces that are visible may opt to have Incognito braces instead, as this doesn’t cramp style or affect appearance.
But certain individuals may also take advantage of this type of braces, especially if they are:
- Professionals who need to be in front of people daily; doing presentations or conducting at board meetings is more manageable with lingual braces.
- Artists or musicians working with wind instruments; however, there may be some weeks needed to get used to the braces to be able to play the instruments well.
- Sports-minded people who are active in some form of contact sports, but an initial phase of wearing mouth guards may be required
Incognito vs. Traditional Braces: The Pros and Cons
Placing Incognito braces is actually similar to the process by which any steel traditional dental braces are affixed in the mouth. Except that everything goes to the backside. The technology and procedure was first developed in Germany.
Other than Incognito’s most advantageous feature of being “invisible”, choosing this over traditional dental braces may actually be a better and practical choice.
- Because every prescription is individualized, personalized and customized to the exact line, form and movement of your teeth, you can get better coverage for the treatment.
- The procedure requires fewer adjustments by the orthodontist, thus fewer dentist visits.
- The adjustment periods for getting used to the braces are apparently shorter.
- The whole treatment may be completed shorter than traditional dental braces. The latter can sometimes stretch to three years.
However, the whole thing is also without any disadvantages, with discomfort being the most common. But this is normal and true for many who wear any type of braces. An adjustment period is really important.
- Incognito braces can also be painful, especially during the first few weeks.
- Because it is closer to the tongue, the wires can cut it more often.
- The braces to the back of the mouth may feel weird at first and you can’t close your mouth properly.
- Eating or talking may also be difficult to do in the beginning
- It’s a lot more expensive than regular and traditional braces, as the braces are more advanced, with precise results.
- There are not a lot of professionals trained to fit lingual braces.
Cost of Incognito Braces
Since getting fitted with Incognito braces is dependent on the patient’s prescription, cost can vary per individual. Each wire and bracket are custom fitted to a patient’s teeth and mouth formation. Incognito braces cost is expectantly higher than traditional orthodontics, with some treatment going for $8000 to $10000.
Managing with Incognito Braces
Incognito braces come with wax that must be kept on most of the time to help manage pain. This wax can even be worn while eating, to minimize pressure and discomfort while talking and eating. As with speech, the best way to overcome this is to constantly talk so that your mouth and tongue will get used to the braces. In no time, you will be able to go about your daily activities.
As always, consult with a good and qualified dentist before deciding on a procedure. And you should always be able to seek your dentist’s help any time you experience pain and discomfort during the whole process.