Incognito Braces? What are they?

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in recent years, offering innovative solutions for achieving a prettier smile. One such advancement is the introduction of Incognito orthodontic braces, a discreet and effective option for teeth straightening.

Incognito braces are a type of lingual braces, meaning they are attached to the back or lingual surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. Unlike traditional braces that are attached to the front of the teeth, Incognito braces utilise customised brackets and wires that are bonded to the inner surfaces of the teeth, providing a discreet and aesthetic solution for orthodontic correction.

Sounds good. Where do I start?

The treatment process with Incognito braces begins with a comprehensive consultation with one of our orthodontists in Bristol, experienced in lingual orthodontics who evaluates your dental condition, tooth alignment, bite, and overall oral health. This evaluation helps determine whether Incognito braces are suitable for you.

And what happens next?

Customisation is a key aspect of Incognito orthodontic braces. After the decision is made to proceed with treatment, your orthodontist at Clifton Orthodontics takes impressions, photographs, and X-rays of your teeth. These records are then sent to a specialised laboratory, where a custom set of brackets and wires is created specifically for your unique dental anatomy and treatment needs.

Once the custom brackets and wires are ready, the orthodontist bonds them to the back surfaces of the teeth. The brackets are discreet and low-profile, ensuring minimal interference with speech and comfort. The wires are adjusted periodically to apply gentle forces and guide the teeth into their desired positions.

With what kind of issues can I use Incognito braces?

Incognito braces are suitable for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including:

  • crowding
  • gaps
  • crossbites
  • overbites
  • underbites

They offer a versatile solution for those who may have concerns about their appearance during the treatment process or require specific orthodontic corrections that cannot be achieved with other types of braces.

Invisalign or Incognito? How can I choose?

Invisalign and Incognito braces are two popular orthodontic treatment options that offer discreet teeth straightening solutions. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between them depends on your preferences, needs, and orthodontic requirements.


  • Both Invisalign and Incognito braces are virtually invisible, hence offering a discreet orthodontic treatment option.


  • Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can take them out for eating, brushing, and special occasions. This can make oral hygiene easier and provide more flexibility in your daily routine. On the other hand, the success of the treatment depends on your compliance in wearing them consistently for the recommended 20-22 hours a day.
  • Since Incognito braces are fixed onto your teeth, there is no need to worry about compliance or forgetting to wear them.


  • Invisalign aligners are generally considered more comfortable compared to traditional braces, as they don’t have metal brackets or wires that can cause irritation.
  • Lingual braces can cause initial discomfort and irritation to the tongue and soft tissues as you get used to them.

Complex cases:

  • Invisalign might not be suitable for very complex orthodontic cases, such as severe misalignments or cases requiring significant tooth rotation.
  • Lingual braces can be used to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including complex cases that might not be suitable for Invisalign.

Oral Hygiene:

  • Cleaning lingual braces might be more challenging than cleaning traditional braces or Invisalign aligners due to their placement behind the teeth. Our orthodontists will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your Incognito braces and may recommend additional tools, such as interdental brushes or floss threaders, to facilitate effective cleaning.

Speech impediments:

  • Both with Invisalign and Incognito braces some people might experience an adjustment period where speech is affected and speaking might be a bit challenging.

Treatment duration:

  • Invisalign treatment involves a series of aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. The treatment plan is computer-generated, which can help provide a predictable outcome.
  • In some cases, treatment with lingual braces might take longer compared to traditional braces or Invisalign.
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Both Invisalign and Incognito braces have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Invisalign offers discreetness, comfort, and removability, while Incognito braces provide complete invisibility and effective treatment for complex cases. Your choice between the two should be based on factors such as your orthodontic needs, lifestyle, preferences, and willingness to commit to the treatment requirements. It’s important to consult with one of our experienced orthodontists at Clifton Orthodontics in Bristol to determine which option is best suited for your individual case.

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