Incognito versus Invisalign; which invisible brace is better?
Boston Orthodontics is a specialist provider of invisible braces Wimpole Street, London and we provide both Invisalign and Incognito treatment options to our patients, but which is better? What do our patients say about it and how do we find delivering both of these treatment options? Let's find out.
There has long been a desire in orthodontics to make treatment as subtle as possible; this has been since the very early days of braces, where very obvious head braces were worn and utilised as the primary way of moving teeth, unlike invisible braces Wimpole Street. People have expectations which have changed over the century and the price of metal is simply no longer a primary consideration behind the development of new technologies.
You can see this clearly in both the Incognito and the Invisalign systems; Invisalign makes use of computer modelling in order to produce a set of aligners, each of which is only meant to last two weeks. This allows each aligner to be very thin and lightweight, making them more convenient, but also significantly reduces their life span. This is not an issue in a world where 3D printing allows extremely unique items to be inexpensively manufactured.
Incognito is a lingual brace, similar to the standard options, but it's attached to the backside of your teeth. It goes about realigning in a very different way, using 3D modelling to design unique brackets for each of the patient's teeth. Another advantage of this type of brace is that they do not protrude or rub against the inner cheeks of the mouth and are less associated with speech issues.
Incognito also has a radically different philosophy when it comes to its materials, relying on very hard gold alloys to minimise the wait, whilst ensuring their product is robust enough to last the entire length of the treatment. This means it is extremely unlikely that an Incognito brace will require any degree of maintenance or replacement, but it does increase its initial starting cost.
When it comes to exactly which one is better, it is tricky to say as both have their limitations; neither are a silver bullet when it comes to orthodontic issues. Lingual braces can only pull on teeth rather than provide the full range of motion that can be achieved from a standard metal brace. Invisalign and other clear aligners are only considered useful at altering the position of the front teeth and usually in a more subtle and cosmetic manner. Therefore, which orthodontic tool you end up using may be more based on your medical need rather than on which you prefer. This is the great value of having a dentist who you can trust to help guide you through your orthodontic journey and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each device for your case.
If you would like to book an appointment to see an orthodontic specialist and receive advice on invisible braces Wimpole Street tailored to you, feel free to get in contact with the clinic. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to provide advice over the phone.