Incognito Braces

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for your smile, you may have heard of lingual braces.

With the Incognito™ Hidden Lingual Braces system, we attach the brackets to the inner surface of your teeth, rather than the outside, cleverly concealing them from sight.

Are lingual braces right for you?

Most adults across the UK have a particular hang-up about their appearance they would happily change if they got the chance.

For many people, this issue is their teeth and they feel embarrassed to smile and show their teeth in pictures. Thankfully, misaligned, or crooked teeth are issues we can easily fix.

Lingual braces are one of the many straightening solutions available to help improve your smile.

This treatment will not only leave you with a straighter, more attractive smile – these braces can also improve your oral health and improve your confidence.

How do they work?Dentist and patient in dentist office surrey

Lingual braces are one of the less well-known types of braces available. This may be due to their discreet appearance. Since they are on the back of the teeth, you probably won’t notice when someone you are talking to is wearing them!

The brace works by attaching the orthodontic brackets on the back of the teeth, concealing the brackets from view.

A strong ‘arch’ wire is then threaded through the brackets stuck to the back of your teeth. This will pull the archwire out of shape since the teeth are not in the desired perfectly straight positioning yet.

Over time, the archwire will adjust back to its original shape. The teeth that are attached to the wire will be pulled with it, resulting in a more evenly aligned set of teeth and an improved dental arch.

Since everyone’s teeth and concerns are different, the braces are custom-made for each individual patient.

During the consultation meeting, we will take an impression or digital scan of your teeth and this will then be used to design and manufacture customised wires and brackets to fit perfectly along the back of your teeth.

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Why do people choose lingual braces?

Many people want this type of braces because they are as effective as normal train track braces, but virtually invisible – even when you are having close-up conversations with people.

For this reason, they are a highly popular option amongst adults who don’t want people to see their braces. However, we use this method as a treatment for patients with misalignment issues regardless of age.

Some additional pros and cons of lingual braces include…


  • They are virtually invisible – these are the most invisible braces from all the various types
  • Help people feel less insecure by improving their smile
  • Can be customised – increased comfort and maximised efficiency


  • Can be slightly more expensive than other brace types since they are custom designed and discreet
  • May have a slight impact on speech in some cases
  • May take longer than other teeth-straightening
  • Longer appointment times

Do lingual braces hurt?

When your braces are initially attached you may feel a slight discomfort in your mouth. This can be the same for the first few times that your braces are tightened.

This pain is normal and expected as the teeth move. You can reduce your discomfort with paracetamol or other pain relief medication – and we are always available to contact if the pain does not subside.

Will lingual braces impact my lifestyle?Straighten misaligned, crooked and overcrowded teeth with brace treatments in Surrey

Generally – what patients like best about these braces is that they are impressively discreet. However, they are still braces, and still must be treated accordingly.

Although the wires are made from metal, this does not mean the braces are indestructible.

Below are some tips for caring for your lingual braces as best as possible:

  • Be careful when brushing: gently brush your teeth and gums twice daily and floss to remove any food build-up that can cause plaque to form.
  • If a wire snaps – visit your local dentist immediately to have this repaired and avoid halting the procedure.
  • Some treatment procedures may require rubber bands. If this is necessary for your treatment, be sure to use them as required and remove them to brush your teeth to avoid them snapping as you open your mouth wide.
  • Avoid chewy, sticky, or sugary foods such as liquorice, caramel, bubble gum and sweets.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact your dentist if you are having any issues, worries or concerns you would like to discuss regarding your lingual braces.

How much do they cost?

Lingual braces tend to cost more than traditional braces since they are an entirely custom solution that has been made in a dental laboratory to perfectly fit your teeth.

You will be required to visit the dentist to have your wires tightened throughout the duration of your treatment, which is another reason why these braces cost more.

Generally, prices will depend on the specific case and how long your treatment will take – it is best to come in for a consultation meeting so that we can evaluate what kind of treatment your teeth need.

Let The Gentle Dental help you

We are leading Surrey-based dental practitioners and our goal is to help you feel good about your smile.

We understand the number of responsibilities most of our patients are juggling, and we are committed to providing care that does not increase this stress but lessens it.

We consistently receive exceptional feedback from our patients and have 5 star Google reviews as a result.

Book today on 020 8224 7562 to find out more about Incognito™ Hidden Lingual Braces and see how The Gentle Dental can help you.

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What other options are available?

  • Conventional braces: if you are not worried about being discreet, traditional braces are still a very reliable and effective teeth-straightening method.
  • Ceramic braces: work in the same way as metal braces but use clear or tooth-coloured ceramic brackets and often tooth-coloured wires for a less obvious appearance.
  • Invisalign: clear aligners used to gradually reposition the teeth over time.
  • Veneers: veneers are white ceramic shells placed over the natural tooth. veneers are becoming increasingly popular and there are many options including natural-looking smiles and more extreme Hollywood smiles.
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