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    What is the difference between Inviaslign and Incognito braces?

    My son needs braces. How do I choose between Invisalign and Incognito? Is there a difference?
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    Dr Andrew Chang

    Dentist, Orthodontist

    We are a specialist orthodontic practice, focused on creating beautiful, healthy and functional smiles, and on you. We are located in the Western Suburbs of … View Profile

    Hi there,

    I understand your son would prefer a discreet option. There are a few factors your son would want to consider or perhaps you may be better in answering these questions:

    1. Does your son partake in school or outside school activities ie: singing, drama, debating?
    2. Is he prone to getting ulcers?
    3. How comfortable is he with the idea of tooth coloured attachments glued temporarily along the outside surfaces of these teeth?
    4. Would he be disciplined enough to wear a removable appliance ie: Invisalign, for the treatment time required? This can range from 6-24 months depending on what the outcome goals are. The idea of straight teeth means different things to different people and I have come to respect an individual's preferences on this
    5. Is he a fussy eater?
    6. What teeth movements are required? There are some movements that Invisalign are less predictable in achieving, compared with Incognito braces, that I have written before on my website.

    In general terms, Invisalign is a more comfortable appliance, and is more flexible on eating compared with Incognito (which are fixed braces attached to behind the teeth). As they are removed on cleaning, keeping his teeth clean is made easier compared with Incognito. Having said this, I have used a  range of inside braces appliances and can say that Incognito is the most predictable and more comfortable of the different appliances types.

    A good orthodontist should be able to guide your son into identifying his and your concerns and to help you work out which would be the best appliance to help him achieve a beautiful and healthy smile and to also have a great experience in the process.

  • Principal dentist of Newington Dental Care. Previous teaching staff for the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. Special interest in dental anxiety management and orthodontics. … View Profile

    Invisalign is a removable appliance, a sequence of sets of clear plastic that fits over the top and/or bottom teeth, that gradually straightens teeth.

    Incognito are a system of braces (not removable by the patient) that are placed on the inside surfaces of the teeth (the palate and/or tongue side), making them less noticeable than traditional braces.

    Which option would be best for your son is a conversation you should have with an orthodontist, as Dr Chang has mentioned above there are many factors to consider. 


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