Incognito – the lingual braces!

Incognito braces are braces located BEHIND the teeth (on the tongue side).  When you smile, you will not show any signs of having braces, thus they truly are hidden braces.  An advantage over Invisalign is there is nothing you need to remove to eat, and since there are no trays there is nothing lose!  You will get the benefits of braces without showing ANYTHING!   The fact that Incognito braces can not be removed also ensures that your treatment is completed as quickly as possible, no more forgetting to sleep with them in or forgetting them on a trip.

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Customized lingual braces!

We completely CUSTOMIZE these braces to the shape of your teeth, so treatment is very effective.  Not only do you get the best option in esthetics with Incognito, you also get the newest technology in tooth movement!

Do the incognito hidden braces hurt?

When you wear braces, there is always going to be some soreness as the teeth are moving.  It is similar to growing pains and we recommend Tylenol for any soreness.  Most people do not take anything, a few will take a few Advil whenever there is a wire change.  The most difficult part of the Incognito procedure are the first few weeks.  It takes a little time to train your tongue to not play with the metal brackets.  This eventually rubs your tongue raw and can be a little painful.  Eventually you learn to speak and eat without doing this but there is an adaption period.

What does Incognito cost?

Incognito cost is $10-12,000 depending on if you are doing Lite or full braces and the severity/difficulty of your case.   This is a significant increase in cost of traditional braces or Invisalign.


Do braces behind the teeth impact speaking?

Yes and it is comparable to traditional braces or Invisalign, however lingual may be more difficult to adapt to.  It generally takes a few weeks to adapt to these hidden braces.  You may not get to the point where you don’t notice it at all, but other people typically will not.  That is other people not doing Invisalign or Incognito.  People wearing braces behind the teeth, Invisalign, or traditional braces are very aware of slight speech issues and can pick up on someone else wearing the appliances far better than someone who never has.

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Incognito or Incognito Lite?

There are two versions of these behind the teeth that you can choose from.  For very minor issues the Incognito Lite may work.  For the vast majority of people though the full set is far superior.  If you are spending the money and time to do this we recommend you do it right and go with what your orthodontist recommends.

Why choose Dr. Danielle for your Incognito braces?

She is an expert at placing and dealing with the unique issues and complications that come along with braces behind the teeth.  Hidden braces require special equipment and techniques, so not every orthodontist even offers this service.  We see patients from all around Chicago suburbs and are happy to work with the schedules of those traveling to see us.  Additional benefits can be found on our “Orthodontist” link.

Lingual braces research

Evidence indicates lingual orthodontic appliances increase pain in the tongue, speech difficulties and difficulty in maintaining oral hygiene. EBD 2017 Madurantakam