If have been considering orthodontics to straighten your teeth, you might have heard about two popular types of aesthetic braces: invisible braces known as Invisalign and lingual braces like Incognito. Both treatments are very discreet, making them ideal for adults who do not wish to wear metal braces.
Invisalign and Incognito braces are offered by many dental practices, including Sheen Dental in Richmond. Although both invisible, they differ in terms of the issues they can treat, their impact on your lifestyle and their overall maintenance. Learning more about them will help you make an informed decision in consultation with your orthodontist.
Although Invisalign clear braces and Incognito clear braces do largely the same thing, they employ different methods and afford different benefits.
Invisalign is made of a series of transparent, removable, plastic trays, which fit snugly over your teeth, moving them to their right positions in your mouth. Invisalign invisible braces are removable, therefore they can be taken out for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth. However, they have to be worn at least 22 hours a day for best results. This means that Invisalign comes with no dietary restrictions and helps facilitate oral health during treatment.
On the other hand, Incognito lingual braces are metal braces fitted behind the teeth, or on the tongue side of the teeth. Like Invisalign, lingual braces are virtually invisible, which leaves you free to continue unobstructed with a public life. Lingual braces are fixed, therefore they are more accurate than Invisalign, as they give the orthodontist precise control over your teeth movements. However, lingual braces cannot be removed for eating and cleaning your teeth and come with the same dietary restrictions as traditional metal braces.
Invisalign also moves teeth at a slower and steadier stride, while lingual braces produce controlled pressure to provide results. As such, Invisalign is ideal for moderately crooked teeth and overbites, but not recommended for serious misalignment issues. The latter can be treated successfully with lingual braces. To make the best decision about which treatment option is right for you, you will need to consult an orthodontist.