Iâ€™ve been getting some great questions, so I thought Iâ€™d answer them here!Â If you have a question thatâ€™s not answered yet, please contact me using the online form.Â Iâ€™ll get back to you as soon as I can.
What are Incognito Hidden Braces?
Theyâ€™re braces that straighten your teeth, but theyâ€™re placed behind your teeth so no one knows youâ€™re wearing them.
Why would someone get Incognito Hidden Braces?
People who want to have straight teeth without anyone knowing theyâ€™re getting their teeth straightened would consider getting Incognito Hidden Braces.
Who typically wears Incognito Hidden Braces?
People around the world of various ages, from adolescent to adult, wear Incognito Hidden Braces, because they do not want people to know theyâ€™re getting their teeth straightened.Â The system works with crowns and other dental work, and Iâ€™ve seen it used on many types of misaligned teeth, including those needing extractions and/or surgery.
Some people choose hidden braces due to their career (police officers, models, construction workers, actors, executives, etc.). Other people are like me; they had braces as a kid, and their teeth moved, so they want to straighten their teeth without anyone knowing itâ€™s happening.Â
Are Incognito Hidden Braces really invisible?
Well, this is a tough question.Â Iâ€™m wearing Incognito Hidden Braces, and theyâ€™re not visible in my daily life.Â When I smile, speak and eat, no one notices them.Â
If I yawn really wide and someoneâ€™s staring at my mouth for some reason, he/she may see them from the side, or if looking down or up at the inside of my mouth.Â Oh, and when somethingâ€™s really funny, I put my head back when I laugh, and theyâ€™re visible then.Â
Other than that, the braces remain hiddenâ€¦.unless I want to show them off!
Do Incognito Hidden Braces work on all teeth?
This system is designed to work with a wide range of misaligned teeth, but everyone has different comfort levels.Â Some limitations would be people whose teeth have not fully emerged, those who grind their teeth and people who cannot breathe through their nose, which is essential during the bonding process.
How long do people have to wear Incognito Hidden Braces?
Every patient brings a unique dental situation to his/her doctor, so treatment times vary regardless of what system is used.Â In general, the treatment time for Incognito Hidden Braces (lingual braces) is similar to having braces on the outside of your teeth (labial braces).
How are Incognito Hidden Braces different from braces on the outside of your teeth?
1)Â Â Â Â Invisible â€“ Theyâ€™re on the back of my teeth, so if I move my head back pretty far when I laugh, thatâ€™s really the only time people see them unless I show them off.
2)Â Â Â Â Custom-made â€“ Unlike the mass produced brackets that go on the front of your teeth, each bracket and wire is custom-made for each Incognito Hidden Braces patientâ€™s teeth.Â When my brackets went in, they fit better than a gloveâ€¦they fit so snugly.
3)Â Â Â Â Gold â€“ Theyâ€™re made of a gold alloy for precision (not silver-looking metals or ceramic)
4)Â Â Â Â Comfortable â€“ Since the brackets are custom-made, theyâ€™re very low profile.Â It really doesnâ€™t take very long to adjust to them.Â Plus tongues heal quickly.Â I remember my cheeks hurting quite a lot with traditional (labial) braces when I was young.
What are Incognito Lingual Braces?
You may have heard Incognito Hidden Braces referred to as Incognito Lingual Braces.Â Lingual is dental jargon meaning on the tongue side of your teeth.Â So Incognito Lingual Braces are appliances (braces) fixed behind your teeth, closest to your tongue.Â In short, Incognito Hidden Braces are lingual braces.
Are Incognito Hidden Braces comfortable?
In my experience, theyâ€™ve been more comfortable than braces on the outside of my teeth after I adjusted to them.Â I would say it took me a week to get used to them being there while talking and eating, and after 10 days, I could talk nearly perfectly.Â From what I hear, most people take two to three weeks to adjust.
When did you stop noticing your Incognito Hidden Braces?
Iâ€™ve been wearing them for three weeks yesterday, and to be honest, I barely notice them.Â Itâ€™s only when I talk for too long (like at a trade show), or if I consciously lick them that I remember Iâ€™m wearing them.Â
The thing about not noticing them, is that I didnâ€™t notice the day that I stopped noticing them!Â Iâ€™d say it was somewhere around the two week mark for me.
Do I have to have braces on all of my teeth?
There are various options available to people who require minor adjustments.Â It would really be up to your orthodontist to help you choose the best solution to give you the most optimal results. Some people just need six brackets on the top and bottom, some need eight on each arch, and others need brackets on all of their teeth.
Is it difficult to clean your teeth with Incognito Hidden Braces?
I was genuinely surprised at how easy my brackets have been to clean, and it is quite similar to braces on the outside of your teeth. I think itâ€™s because they cover so much of my teeth.Â
I have to make sure I floss, and I find the tree brush very useful for cleaning between the brackets.Â You may want to consider a water pick as well. Flossing takes forever because you have to thread behind the wire and between each bracket, but itâ€™s sooo worth it! Â If you donâ€™t, I hear that your gums will swell behind your teeth.
Do Incognito Hidden Braces affect the way you talk?
You will have to adjust the way you speak when you get Incognito Hidden Braces.Â Your tongue will no longer touch your teeth like it used to.Â Try talking slower and practice The Rainbow Passage.Â I explain how my speech improved throughout my postings tagged “speak“.Â You can hear the way I speak in the videos, and I offered some speech tips here. Â Take a look!
Whatâ€™s it like to eat with Incognito Hidden Braces?
At first, youâ€™ll want to eat anything you can swallow without chewing.Â Think spoon-friendly foods like shepherdâ€™s pie, chilli, curry, pudding, apple sauce, etc.Â I even contemplated baby food just because I wanted some fruit!Â Your teeth wonâ€™t touch at first (this is normal), so you wonâ€™t be able to chew too much.
I found the hardest thing to get used to was flipping food around in my mouth to get ready to swallow.Â Your tongue will scrape along the brackets, and it feels quite differently.Â I wrote about eating here, and what it was like when I could start chewing here.Â
Choose your foods carefully as you donâ€™t want to break a bracket off (no gum, no nuts, nothing hard), be prepared to chew slower, and suck food out of your brackets.Â It seriously isnâ€™t that bad, it is just something to get used to (plus no one sees the food stuck in there, which is good).
Do your teeth hurt when you get Incognito Hidden Braces?
If your experience mirrors mine, when your braces first go on, they donâ€™t hurt.Â Itâ€™s the next day and the day after when your teeth are quite tender.Â For me, it was my tongue that hurt the most, particularly closest to the back molars.Â I expected this, as I heard this from other patients.
How long does it take for the custom-made braces to come in?
After your case is submitted to 3M, your doctor will receive images of set-up models to approve.Â Assuming there are no approval delays, the turnaround time is typically six to eight weeks from submission until your case arrives at your doctorâ€™s office.Â Learn more in this posting.
Why are they made of gold?
Incognito Hidden Braces are made of a gold alloy to ensure precision.Â Since the brackets are custom-made, you’re going to want to ensure they brackets don’t bend during treatment and that they fit to you teeth when they’re bonded.
What is it like getting impressions done of your teeth?
Since the impressions need to be as accurate as possible for the custom-made brackets, expect them to take some time.Â It involves two stages per arch, and each stage takes four minutes. Iâ€™ve outlined the entire process that I went through here.
When is the best time to get Incognito Hidden Braces?
Assuming the patient is a candidate for Incognito Hidden Braces, it is really up to the patient to determine when to get braces.Â Most orthodontists do not require a referral from a dentist or other oral health professional to arrange a consultation.
Considering you will need time to adjust to your braces, I would suggest avoiding any important speaking engagements for about two weeks.Â I personally did not have to take any time off of work due to discomfort; I did miss some time to get bonded, though.
Whatâ€™s the best thing about wearing Incognito Hidden Braces?
I love that I can smile freely throughout my treatment, and no one knows Iâ€™m wearing braces unless I tell them.Â Itâ€™s so liberating!Â
From what I understand, whether you wear braces on the outside of your teeth (labial) or braces on the inside (lingual), your front teeth straighten first.Â So instead of hiding those straight teeth behind metal or ceramic brackets, you can show off your smile throughout treatment.Â I honestly forget Iâ€™m wearing them, and itâ€™s only three weeks in to treatment when Iâ€™m writing this.
Did you ever want to get your Incognito Hidden Braces taken off?
Iâ€™ve only had them on for a few weeks, so I havenâ€™t really gone through this. The only reason I can see why anyone would want them off is that they didnâ€™t give themselves time to adjust to the braces.Â Make sure you know what youâ€™re getting in to, and if you speak for a living (as a teacher, news anchor, etc.) book some time off work if necessary to adjust.
How are you going to prevent your teeth from shifting again?
There is no guarantee that my teeth will stay where they end up this time, but I asked for a permanent retainer on my top and bottom teeth.Â I actually met a woman who still wears her removable retainers every night and her teeth look amazing.Â I will do the same if I end up with removable retainers.
How much does it cost to get braces?
Each personâ€™s teeth are different, so an orthodontist needs to assess your particular case to see how much it will cost to straighten your teeth. The price varies depending on many factors, including the appliance you choose to correct your bite and straighten your teeth.
If you choose Incognito Hidden Braces, they cost more than traditional braces because each bracket and all of the wires are custom-made.Â There is a lot of time and technology that goes into making the case to give you exceptional results.Â
In general, expect to pay the lab fee to get your brackets made, and slightly more a month (about the price of dinner out at a restaurant).Â You would need to speak to your local certified provider(s) to find out exactly what your fee would be.
Are Incognito Hidden Braces covered by insurance?
Incognito Hidden Braces are orthodontic devices.Â Please check with your insurance provider to see if you have orthodontic coverage, and confirm Incognito Hidden Braces qualify under your policy.
Where can I get Incognito Hidden Braces?
Only certified providers can order and offer Incognito Hidden Braces.Â Please visit HiddenBraces.com to find a certified provider near you.