Incognito Braces in Houston, TX
Antoine Dental Center in Houston TX, offers Incognito braces for patients who would like more options for their orthodontic treatment. Incognito braces–also called hidden braces–are a cutting-edge technology in lingual orthodontics developed by industry leader 3M. As its name suggests, Incognito lets patients have their teeth straightened while maintaining maximum treatment invisibility. Unlike more traditional orthodontic treatments, Incognito braces are positioned behind your teeth, makng them nearly invisible from the outside. The patented brackets are not visible when used in the back of the top teeth, and other people are unlikely to see Incognito brackets behind the bottom teeth. Like other lingual braces, this treatment offers a number of major benefits, a standard treatment process, and broad eligibility criteria.
Benefits of Incognito braces
The crowning feature of Incognito is its minimal impact on your appearance. As an alternative to Invisalign, Incognito offers even better discretion for the treatment of top teeth and comes close to the teeth on the bottom. In addition, the structural similarities between Incognito and traditional metal braces mean that this treatment works well for a greater variety of bite irregularities than Invisalign does.
What does the Incognito braces process look like?
Your first step is scheduling an initial consultation with our Incognito braces specialist to determine whether this treatment is right for you. Once you’ve opted in to Incognito technology, our provider of Incognito braces personalizes the treatment according to your needs. To begin the customizing process, our Incognito braces specialist will register your bite impressions, X-rays, and photos. You will then return to your provider to have your braces bonded in place. As treatment progresses, you will receive regular tightening sessions so that correction can be completed on schedule.
What is the difference between Incognito braces and traditional metal braces?
The structure of Incognito braces is the same as that of traditional metal braces and the mechanisms used to treat your dental needs also works in the same way. The major difference between the two treatments is braces visibility. This is because while traditional metal braces are placed on the front of your teeth, lingual braces–like Incognito braces–are affixed to the back of your teeth. Thus, while you will still feel the Ingognito braces, you won’t be able to see them from the outside. So even though Incognito still uses metal braces, the positioning makes their appearance far less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Another difference between traditional metal braces and Incognito braces is that the latter is highly customizable and its treatment includes producing a set of perfectly fit Incognito braces for each patient. This makes Incognito braces custom-fit for your unique needs.
Who is eligible for Incognito braces technology?
As a form of lingual braces, Incognito offers a wider range of eligible candidates than Invisalign and other types of clear braces do. In fact, most adults, teens, and children are eligible to receive this treatment at Antoine Dental Center. However, candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis, and some patients may be ineligible for Incognito braces if they have extensive overbite or underbite or if they have very small teeth. This can be determined in the initial consultation appointment.
Do Incognito braces hurt?
As with all orthodontic treatments, many patients new to dental-straightening technologies find that there is an adjustment phase. Introducing dental treatment can take some getting used to! The great majority of patients report having adjusted to Incognito braces within two weeks, and comfort only increases as they become more used to the technology. Some patients report increased tongue irritation, given the positioning of Incognito braces. In those cases, our Incognito specialist will work with you to adjust your treatment and mitigate any undesirable effects as needed.
Are Incognito braces hard to take care of?
Much like traditional metal braces, Incognito braces may require certain dietary adjustments. Food that is particularly hard, crunchy, or sticky can be difficult to clean out of braces, including Incognito braces. Keeping up with your recommended oral hygiene routine goes a long way to keeping your Incognito braces clean and your mouth healthy as you work on developing your perfect smile.
Do braces improve speech?
It’s important to remember that orthodontic treatment is not a purely aesthetic decision for some patients. In some cases, for example, orthodontic treatment can help improve a patient’s speech by starting to close gaps and crowding and beginning to move teeth to their proper place.
How much do Incognito braces cost?
Incognito braces tend to cost slightly more than traditional braces. It’s important to remember that Incognito technology is individually customized to make the braces a perfect fit, which increases the treatment specialization and effort. At Antoine Dental Center, our Incognito braces treatment plans run anywhere from $5,000-$10,000.
Do you offer payment plans for Incognito braces?
Yes, we do. Monthly payments can be as low as $125. We also offer 0% interest rates for those who qualify.
Does my dental insurance cover Incognito braces?
Every dental insurance plan is different. Your plan may cover the full or partial cost of your Incognito braces, or it may not contribute to the payment at all. You should consult with both your dental health team and your insurance provider to determine your exact situation.
Contact Antoine Dental Center
The availability of Incognito from our dentist gives area patients one more option for having their teeth straightened discreetly. If Invisalign is not an option for you, it is very likely that Incognito will be. Patients can schedule a consultation with our Houston orthodontist to find out if Incognito meets their needs. Contact us at 713-955-0203 to schedule your appointment today!