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What Do Incognito Braces Cost?
Wendy J. Woudstra
Unlike traditional braces, incognito or lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth and cannot be seen easily. This makes them a preferred method of tooth alignment for those concerned about their appearance. Because of the technology and customization involved, incognito braces can cost as much as traditional braces or even more depending on the treatment that may be recommended by the orthodontist.
Why Choose Incognito Braces?
For someone looking forward to a special occasion, whether it be a wedding or prom night, having metal braces visible may be unacceptable. Adults who want to straighten their teeth while maintaining a professional look, teens with concerns about their appearance, and anyone playing a wind instrument or engaging in contact sports may also prefer incognito braces to the traditional ones.
Why Do They Cost More?
Incognito braces are completely custom-fit to your mouth. The brackets are cast in gold rather than stainless steel and formed to the shape of your teeth, and the wires are also custom-fit to your mouth. These customized features make lingual braces more comfortable and effective than traditional braces, but may add to the cost of straightening your smile.
In some cases, the cost of lingual braces can exceed that of traditional options by a significant amount; however, there are many patients willing to pay extra for orthodontic treatments that are less visible.
Ways to Reduce the Expense
There are some ways to reduce the incognito braces cost, while still gaining the advantages of their invisibility and effectiveness.
If your teeth require only minor correction, it is possible to be fitted with lingual braces only on the front teeth most visible when you smile. You can also choose to have incognito braces placed on your top arch and clear traditional braces on the bottom, since these teeth are noticed by fewer people.
Nearly everyone who can benefit from traditional braces can use incognito braces. Talk to your dentist about the costs and benefits involved to see if they are the best option for you.
Learn more about different orthodontic treatments at the Colgate Oral Care resources.