Incognito® braces are placed on the back surface of your teeth, the side that faces your tongue and the inside of your mouth. People are much less likely to see your braces when they are placed on the “lingual” side of the teeth. While Incognito® is a specific brand, this category of braces is referred to as lingual braces. Like other braces, lingual braces are great for treating:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Under bite
- Cross bite
- Rotated teeth
- Other bite problems
There may be many reasons to choose this option if you are searching for the right orthodontic treatment. Call Dr. Robert Rudman to learn more: 303-331-0222.
How Lingual Braces are Placed
The process to place lingual braces is more or less the same as placing traditional braces. An impression of your teeth and bite is made so that we can create the custom brackets and wires. The brackets and wires are designed to move the teeth exactly how Dr. Rudman wants them to move.
A plastic tray that fits over your teeth is used to place the brackets on your teeth. First your teeth will be cleaned and prepped. A special adhesive is used to stick the brackets to the teeth. The tray is removed and the brackets will be in place. Then we will place the arch wire into the brackets. This process is not painful, but you will feel some mild pushing and pulling as we get the appliance into place.
Life with Lingual Braces
Cleaning, caring for and living with Incognito® braces isn’t that much different than traditional metal braces. You must clean them after every meal, and getting used to flossing and brushing behind the teeth may take a few days. Before you know it, these cleaning techniques will be a normal part of your routine.
Here are a few things to expect while you live life with braces:
- You’ll feel sore for a day or two after getting a new arch wire or wearing a new rubber band configuration – ibuprofen or acetaminophen should clear up this soreness adequately
- Wire ends or bracket edges may irritate your tongue and other tissues – use the orthodontic wax we provide as padding to protect your mouth
- Use the conical brushes and threaded floss we show you to remove food debris and filmy buildup underneath the wires
- Cut firm foods (apples, carrots, steak, chewy bread) into small, bite-size pieces to prevent bending the arch wires
- Brush after every meal, including above, below and on top of the wires, to remove food particles
With these tips in mind, you should be well prepared for the care, maintenance and particulars of Incognito® braces.
Find Out If You’re a Candidate for This Type of Orthodontia
To arrange a consultation with experienced Denver orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman, please call our Cherry Creek practice at 303-331-0222. Our patients visit us from across the Metro area, including Stapleton and surrounding cities. Dr. Rudman has been practicing since the 1990s, so he has the experience and skill to determine if this type of orthodontia will work for you.