Incognito™ braces are a type of braces called lingual braces. Lingual braces are placed only in the lingual side of the teeth. That is the side of the teeth that faces towards your tongue. Incognito™ braces are made up of individual brackets fitted to the shape of your teeth and are totally customized. This orthodontic system has the benefit that it does not cause any sort of speech impediment, and is reported to be very comfortable. These are a truly undetectable type of orthodontic brace, as it is difficult to see what lies behind your teeth. This treatment is not necessarily only an adult orthodontic treatment, but it is not recommended for people under the age of 13. The same initial orthodontic consultation needs to be had, as with any other of our orthodontic appliances, with the same study model and mold of your teeth being indispensable to make a treatment plan that is truly tailor made to your specific orthodontic needs. These types of braces are usually made out of precious metals, mostly out of surgical titanium, but can be made out of gold or copper as well.
Perhaps the main disadvantage with these braces is that it can put more restrictions on your diet. You cannot eat sticky foods such as toffee, caramel or butterscotch. Raw vegetables such as carrots, celery and parsnip may also be on the menu only if they have been pureed first, as they dislodge the brackets on the teeth and could even pull them off completely. Hard candy can also prove to be a nuisance, and patients are advised against the eating thereof. Like all fixed braces, Incognito™ braces also carry the risk of enhanced sensitivity to tooth decay, therefore cleaning of the teeth should be more meticulous once the braces are activated. During each activation of any fixed brace, the wire that connects the individual brackets is tightened, and a slight feeling of discomfort can indeed be felt, but this should pass, worst case within a few days. Incognito™ braces take the same amount of time to straighten your teeth as standard metal braces.
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