Orthodontists Serving Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton & Nearby Areas Of Colorado
Lingual (tongue-facing) braces are placed on the back of your teeth where people are unlikely to notice them at all. INBRACE lingual braces use a “smartwire” to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. It’s perfect for busy adults who want to conceal their orthodontic treatment from other people. You can still feel confident and self-assured while straightening your teeth with braces.
During a consultation in Denver, experienced orthodontists Dr. Robert Rudman and Dr. Jeff Birg can determine whether you are a candidate for INBRACE or other systems, and he’ll help you weigh those options to find the right one for you. To schedule your appointment, please call our staff at 303-331-0222.
How Does INBRACE Work?
INBRACE uses slim brackets and a nitinol (nickel titanium) memory wire to straighten your teeth and align your bite over time, just like other types of orthodontia. Unlike other systems, INBRACE has these advantages:
- You can still brush and floss like normal
- You enjoy the convenience of a non-removable appliance
- People are unlikely to see the braces on the back of your teeth, unless you want them to!
- Ideal for busy adults who need to refine the results of childhood orthodontic treatment
INBRACE uses Gentleforce technology to achieve the most efficient teeth movement with minimal force. Computer modeling and AI algorithms determine the shortest path for a tooth to move into the desired position, thereby eliminating unnecessary force from the smartwire and brackets.
INBRACE is designed to provide movement that is healthier for your teeth and gums. It does so by applying light, continuous force over time. This light force allows your bones to adapt as the teeth move.
The wire used to straighten the teeth is state-of-the-art. It’s not a straight wire, but instead consists of loops and curves designed specifically for your teeth and the way they need to move. One of the great things about the wire is that it dips down to the gums right at the location where you floss, so floss threaders are unnecessary. The nitinol material used to make the smartwire has been used for medical applications for decades.
Are You an INBRACE Candidate?
This orthodontic system treats a wide range of bite problems and teeth misalignment. It’s particularly effective in correcting:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Mild crowding
- Moderate crowding
- Moderate open bite
- Moderate deep bite (also called an under-bite)
It may treat other issues as well. Visit Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg to find out if you are a candidate. Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg is passionate about creating smiles that are both attractive and healthy. He recommends the orthodontic options that he knows will achieve those outcomes based on your bite and teeth misalignment, your jaw, your dental health and other factors.
Correcting Your Overbite
INBRACE is designed to treat many different types of misalignment, including overbite. Also known as a deep bite, an overbite occurs when your front teeth overlap your lower teeth. Correcting this concern with INBRACE can improve your bite and the appearance of your smile.
In addition to treating an overbite, INBRACE is made for:
- Open bite
Will INBRACE Affect My Speech?
INBRACE can temporarily affect your speech at the beginning of the treatment. It’s possible to have issues with pronunciation as your tongue learns to navigate the metal behind your teeth. Some patients develop a lisp that lasts for several weeks while they adapt to INBRACE.
It’s important to remember that everyone responds to lingual braces differently. You may find that INBRACE doesn’t affect your speech at all. Talk to our orthodontists about what to expect.
Speech issues with INBRACE resolve with time. But practicing difficult words and sentences can help speed up this process. It’s a great technique for overcoming changes to enunciation and pronunciation. That way, you can get back to speaking confidently without any issues.
The Treatment Process
The INBRACE treatment process involves the following:
- First, a 3D scanner takes photographs of your teeth and bite
- The 3D images are used to replicate your bite digitally
- Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg manipulate the 3D digital images to plan how each tooth needs to move to reach the ideal bite and teeth alignment
- INBRACE creates the customized smartwire according to Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg’s plan
From diagnosis to creation of the custom device, INBRACE is completely digital. INBRACE features a slim bracket system, which means the brackets that hold the smartwire are low profile, so they’ll have a less obtrusive feel inside your mouth. The smartwire loops lock into the brackets, which is different than traditional straight braces wires that slide into their brackets. Because of the looped design, torque is delivered with a rounded wire, and you can brush and floss just as you did before you had lingual braces.
How Long Does INBRACE Treatment Take?
You’ll start seeing visible results from your INBRACE treatment in approximately two weeks. And those results will get better as your treatment progresses. The average treatment time for INBRACE is 8-18 months. Severe and complex cases fall on the higher end of that range.
No matter how long your treatment takes, you won’t have to wait to show off your improved smile. INBRACE is completely hidden and undetectable. Unlike traditional braces and aligners, INBRRACE stays out of the way so you can enjoy all of your tooth alignment milestones.
Will There Be Any Discomfort Associated With INBRACE?
INBRACE features gentleforce technology to provide maximum comfort. It uses light and consistent force to guide teeth toward their ideal positions according to the treatment plan.
There may be some temporary discomfort during the first two weeks of INBRACE treatment.
Most of that discomfort will occur within the first week as your teeth get used to the wires.
Some things that you can do to ease any soreness or tenderness include:
- Eating a soft diet of mashed potatoes, smoothies, and similar foods
- Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater
- Eating cold foods to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Using items in your orthodontic kit such as wax and lip balm
You won’t have to deal with tray refittings or uncomfortable monthly tightening appointments. The INBRACE Smartwire continually self-adjusts to reduce the number of office visits needed.
Will INBRACE Affect My ability to eat?
INBRACE allows you to eat and drink freely. It’s an attractive option for patients who don’t want to think about their orthodontic treatment during every meal. After all, there are no trays to remove or stain.
That said, you’ll want to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods while in treatment. These types of foods can potentially damage or break your INBRACE appliance.
How Much Does INBRACE Cost?
We’ll provide you with a cost quote when you visit our practice for your consultation. Generally speaking, INBRACE is often priced similarly to Invisalign, although that’s not always the case.
Review your dental insurance policy to see if any coverage is provided for braces. We also offer the following financing options:
- 5 percent discount if you pre-pay the full amount
- 5 percent discount if you pre-pay in full via credit card
- Interest-free direct withdrawals from your bank monthly with a 20-30 percent down payment
Our front office staff presents all of these payment options so you can decide how you’d like to finance your INBRACE treatment.
Are INBRACE Lingual Braces More Expensive than Invisalign?
INBRACE Lingual Braces are usually priced similarly to Invisalign. However, since INBRACE Lingual Braces are customized to fit your mouth, there may occasionally be differences in cost.
For a total estimate of the cost of INBRACE Lingual Braces, it’s best to visit Advanced Orthodontic Care in Denver, Colorado, for a consultation. We’ll be able to provide you with the information you need when deciding whether INBRACE Lingual Braces are suitable for you.
Typically, people can expect to wear INBRACE Lingual Braces for 8 to 18 months before they achieve their treatment goals.
Are INBRACE Lingual Braces as Effective as Traditional Braces?
INBRACE Lingual Braces are just as effective as traditional ones. They are made for adults who need orthodontic treatment but don’t want to display their complete set of braces at work or in personal settings. Most people won’t notice that you have INBRACE Lingual Braces unless you show them!
INBRACE Lingual Braces are an excellent option for individuals experiencing overcrowding, spacing issues, or problems with an over or underbite. People who choose INBRACE Lingual Braces are often extremely pleased with their results.
Can You Kiss with INBRACE Lingual Braces?
When you think of traditional braces, you may imagine uncomfortable kissing in your teenage years.
Since INBRACE Lingual Braces are affixed behind the teeth, you won’t have to worry about brackets and wires that can intrude on intimate moments. Your significant other likely won’t even realize that you have INBRACE Lingual Braces unless you decide to tell them that you do.
You can safely enjoy kissing your partner, even while wearing INBRACE Lingual Braces, without worrying about a potential mishap resulting from your treatment.
How Do You Clean INBRACE Lingual Braces?
INBRACE Lingual Braces are best cleaned using interdental cleaners or Super Floss. These tools can reach tight places and are more effective than traditional dental floss. You can easily find interdental cleaners or Super Floss in drugstores and pharmacies.
In addition to these cleaning tools, you’ll want to follow regular dental hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush after eating. An oral irrigation device can help remove any debris or food particles that become stuck in the wires or brackets of your braces.
Fluoride treatments are excellent for strengthening the teeth and providing an additional barrier to protect from cavities.
Do You Have to Wear a Retainer After INBRACE™?
After INBRACE™ treatment has been completed and your smile is just as you'd like it, you still need to wear a retainer at night as part of their teeth straightening treatment process. This is because it takes time for the upper and lower jaws to re-learn how they fit together. If you stop using the retainers before the teeth are ready, your teeth can start moving back towards their original alignment and impact the results achieved with treatment. A retainer may be a metal and acrylic frame that snaps over the dental arch or a clear, tray-like retainer that fits onto the teeth and is more discreet. The one most appropriate for your smile can be discussed during one of your last few appointments.
How is INBRACE™ Different from Aligners?
INBRACE™ is one of many orthodontic options available to patients in the area. Other options may include clear aligners, as seen with treatments such as ClearCorrect™ and Invisalign™. However, INBRACE™ is a different type of appliance that works by placing controlled force on specific teeth to move them into alignment. Aligners do not place force directly on individual teeth but use gentle pressure over the entire mouth to shift all your teeth into position as needed. During your first appointment with our team at Advanced Orthodontic Care, our professionals will evaluate your smile and determine what type of orthodontic treatment would be best to assist you in achieving your goals.
Will INBRACE™ Leave White Spots on My Teeth?
Traditional braces with brackets and wires may cause white spots on the teeth if patients do not properly brush and floss each day as directed. This is because the tooth underneath the glue of the bracket is covered, and if the surrounding tooth enamel discolors or yellows, the tooth underneath the glue and bracket, when removed will be a different color. The best way to avoid this situation is to ensure you care for your smile as directed by your team at Advanced Orthodontic Care. Drs. Robert Rudman and Jeff Birg can educate you on keeping the teeth clean and avoiding any complications that may be aesthetic or dental health-related.
Why Should I Choose Advanced Orthodontic Care?
The team at Advanced Orthodontic Care in the Denver metropolitan area works hard to ensure that you have a smile you can feel proud to share with others. Drs. Robert Rudman and Jeff Birg can walk you through your options when it comes to orthodontic treatments while treating you like family! We are dedicated to helping you reach your smile goals using today's latest technology and techniques and encourage you to ask us about the various options you have available at your disposal at our state-of-the-art orthodontic practice. Drs. Robert Rudman and Jeff Birg have received their dental degrees as well as their Master of Science degrees which focus on orthodontic treatments. The office is open to new patients, and we welcome you to call and schedule a consultation visit with our professional team.
Schedule Your INBRACE Consultation with Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg
Our team is thrilled to offer the INBRACE treatment option to people in the Denver, Stapleton and Cherry Creek area. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located in Cherry Creek, conveniently near shopping and dining. To arrange a consultation to find out if you’re a good INBRACE candidate, please call our staff at 303-331-0222.