Month: May 2015

Invisible Braces – The Facts

Incognito Braces – FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Is wearing Incognito braces painful?

It may take you a while to get used to the feel of the brace. This is normal regardless of the type of brace that has been fitted. As the brace is fitted to the lingual sides of the teeth, the tongue may feel a little strange to begin with. You may find that your speech is slightly affected after the brace is fitted. This is normal, as lingual braces take some time to adjust to. However, in almost all cases people find that they are happy with the braces and feel back to normal after a fortnight or so.

Unlike other types of lingual braces, Incognito braces are made of very fine wires and brackets. Incognito braces prevent the pain caused by friction between the tongue and the brace. This is due to the fact that they are much thinner and lighter than other types of brace.

Are Incognito braces suitable for everyone?

These braces are suitable for patients of all ages, including teenagers who do not have a full set of adult teeth. The braces are bespoke, custom-made and so they are made to fit each individual’s teeth. Incognito braces are suitable for patients with a variety of orthodontic problems including complex malocclusions.

How long does treatment take?

As with most procedures, the length of time the treatment takes depends on the nature of the individual case. People who have more major malocclusions will consequently need a much longer treatment period. As a rough guide, less complicated cases will take around 15 months, while more complex cases may take up to 28 months. This should all be discussed during your initial consultation with your dentist/orthodontist.

Will the braces affect my speech?

To begin with the braces may affect your speech slighty. However, once you get used to wearing the braces you will find that your speech will return to normal fairly quickly. Due to the flat design of Incognito braces your speech should return to normal much quicker than it would with any other type of lingual brace.

Can I eat what I want?

As with all types of brace, it is important that you keep an eye on what you eat when you have Incognito braces fitted. ‘Chewy’ foods can get stuck in the brackets and this can contribute to oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Hard foods may also damage the fine wires of the brace and so are not recommended. Again, your dentist/orthodontist should discuss this with you and give you advice as to which foods to avoid before you have the braces fitted.

Oral hygiene

As with all braces, it is important to keep your Incognito braces clean. You should try and clean your braces and brush your teeth around four times a day. This will reduce the risk of you developing oral health problems as it will remove traces of harmful bacteria and food deposits.

How much does treatment cost?

As with any other procedure, the cost of the treatment will vary according to each individual case. The cost of the treatment depends on the complexity of your case and on whether you need one or two braces fitted. As a general guide, you can expect to pay around £3000 for treatment. The fee that you pay will also depend on which dentist you choose. Dentists with a great deal of experience and expertise will charge a premium rate.