Braces are any type of orthodontic device that aligns teeth. They may be used to correct a variety of dental problems such as underbites, overbites, malocclusions and crooked teeth. Braces apply pressure to the teeth, causing them to gradually move into the desired position. They must be tightened at regular intervals to ensure they continue to place the necessary pressure against the teeth. Braces may be used for both cosmetic and structural purposes, and they are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic devices such as palatal expanders.
The brackets for standard braces are bonded to the front of the teeth and are easily visible. Incognito braces are a type of lingual brace in which the brackets for the braces are bonded to the back of the key, making them more difficult to see. Each bracket of an Incognito brace is bonded to a specific tooth and is custom-made for each tooth. These braces are also lighter than the other types of lingual braces that are currently available. Incognito braces cosmetically more desirable than standard braces and are ideal for people are concerned about their physical appearance.
Incognito braces cause a certain degree of discomfort, like all braces. They affect the movement of the tongue, causing the patient’s speech to be mildly affected. The period of greatest adjustment is generally the first two weeks, after which the speech of most patients is back to normal. The smaller diameter of Incognito braces reduces the pain caused by the friction between the tongue and the braces.
Patients of all ages can benefit from Incognito braces, including those who don’t have their adult teeth yet. The custom fit of these braces makes them suitable for correcting a variety of orthodontic problems. This includes complex conditions that require many adjustments.
The duration of treatment with Incognito braces depends primarily on the conditions that require correction. A simple case typically requires about 15 months to complete, while the treatment for cases involving complex malocclusions may need up to 28 months. An orthodontist will provide each patient with a more accurate estimate of the treatment time for Incognito braces.
Incognito braces require restrictions on eating habits, like all braces. Chewy foods such as candy may stick to the braces, increasing the likelihood of tooth decay. Patients will typically need to brush their teeth after each meal to prevent the accumulation of food on the braces. Hard food like nuts can damage the thin wires of Incognito braces. An orthodontist can provide a complete list of foods to avoid while wearing these braces.
The procedure for receiving Incognito braces begins with an examination of the patient’s teeth followed by a discussion of the available treatment options. The orthodontist will take a silicon impression of the patient’s teeth, which will be used to make plaster casts. A laser scanner generates a three dimensional image of the patient’s teeth from the casts, allowing the manufacture of the braces. The dentist will then bond the Incognito braces to the patient’s teeth.