Orthodontist Serving Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton & Nearby Areas Of Colorado
Many people who need braces avoid getting them because they don’t like the look of metal on their teeth or worry about what others might say. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, these tongue-facing braces, also known as lingual braces, are placed so people are unlikely to notice them at all. Dr. Robert Rudman has helped many patients in Downtown Denver achieve subtle orthodontic correction with Incognito™ invisible braces.
Incognito™ Braces vs. Traditional Braces
What Are The Benefits of Invisible Braces?
Most people are candidates for orthodontic treatment with Incognito™ Hidden Braces. In addition to being completely hidden from view on the backside of your teeth, patients enjoy other advantages such as:
- Efficient, high-quality results; treatment time can be faster than traditional braces
- Greater comfort
- Minimal interference with speech
- Fewer office visits to adjust the arch wire
A Great Orthodontic Choice For Professionals
Many adult professionals select Incognito™ for meeting their orthodontic needs because of the stigma still attached to adults wearing braces. Athletes and musicians who play brass or woodwind instruments often prefer these invisible braces because having the brackets and wires on the back of the teeth can minimize the risk of injury to the mouth or damage to the apparatus.
How Are Incognito™ Invisible Braces Made?
In order to prepare your invisible braces treatment, Dr. Rudman will do the following:
- Take an impression of your teeth
- Send the impression to our in-house lab, where custom brackets and wires for your Incognito™ will be fabricated
- Within six weeks, you will visit our office again to be fitted with Incognito™ Hidden Braces
To customize your invisible braces, our on-site lab uses advanced CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) equipment to create prototype brackets that are then fabricated using a durable gold alloy. Robotic technology helps bend a set of designed precision wires.
How Long Will Incognito™ Braces Last?
Incognito™ Hidden Braces are made of a durable wire and gold brackets. They’re designed to last for the entire duration of your orthodontic treatment. Because Incognito™ Hidden Braces are placed behind your teeth, the risk of damaging a wire or popping a bracket is lower than with traditional braces. That means you’ll need fewer visits to our orthodontist.
You’ll likely wear the same wire and brackets from start to finish with the Incognito™ Hidden Braces system. For some patients, it’s more convenient to get lingual braces than to keep track of a series of clear aligner trays. Dr. Rudman will help you pick the perfect smile-straightening treatment for your goals and lifestyle.
In terms of the actual treatment time, Incognito™ braces tend to work faster than traditional braces. This system is fully customized to fit the shape of your teeth and your unique treatment needs. With one-of-a-kind brackets and robotically bent wires, Incognito™ offers quick, efficient teeth straightening.
How Can Incognito™ Braces Be Cleaned?
Incognito™ Hidden Braces can be cleaned during your regular oral hygiene routine. However, you may have to make a few adjustments to the way that you brush and floss in order to get to the hard-to-reach areas around your braces. It will take some additional effort to clean braces that are behind your teeth, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
Using a proxabrush or “tree brush” can help you get food out of your archwire. Dr. Rudman can also show you how to floss with your Incognito™ braces. Some patients choose to use regular floss and a water flosser for the most comprehensive clean.
What Are the Food Restrictions When Using Incognito™ Braces?
With Incognito™ Hidden Braces, you can still eat many of your favorite foods. They are durable and can hold up to daily wear and tear. However, you’ll still want to avoid anything hard, crunchy, or sticky. These options can increase your risk of damaging a bracket or wire.
Keep in mind that it’s normal to experience some temporary discomfort when you get your braces or have them adjusted. Soft foods like pasta and mashed potatoes can be great choices after an appointment.
Can I Drink Coffee or Tea When Using Incognito™ Braces?
You don’t have to worry about staining your Incognito™ braces, which is something that can be a concern with other orthodontic treatments. They won’t leave white spots on the front of your teeth after they come off either. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t limit the amount of coffee and tea that you drink.
Dark beverages — coffee, tea, and wine included — can discolor your teeth over time. Keep your smile white and bright by reaching for water instead.
Are There Any Age Restrictions When Using Incognito™ Braces?
There aren’t any specific age restrictions for Incognito™ braces. Dr. Rudman will evaluate your smile or your child’s smile to determine candidacy.
For many children, the ideal age to start orthodontic treatment is anywhere between ages 8 and 14. For adults, Incognito™ Hidden Braces offer an invisible alternative to traditional braces that can work great regardless of age.