The world of orthodontia has undergone many improvements. For example, not too long ago metal braces were the only way to get straight teeth. Not only were older models of braces thick, obnoxious, and difficult to eat with, they were also in many cases, extremely unattractive.
Today, metal braces still exist, but the technology has improved significantly. Metallic braces today are fastened with brackets, with thin wires and small fixtures. However, they can still be an eyesore and cause untold aggravation, especially when it comes to eating certain foods. Metal braces are notorious for catching bits of food and displaying them, front and center, in your smile. This can obviously cause you to be self conscious, which is never a good thing.
Since people have been suffering with braces for so many years, the time has finally come where orthodontics has developed better, more efficient ways of straightening teeth. Two innovations have made it to the forefront of orthodontic technology: Incognito braces and Invisalign.

Incognito Braces Versus Invisalign

In 2000, Invisalign first became available to the public. Invisalign was one of the first innovations in teeth-straightening orthodontics. The design is simple; a mold is taken from your teeth and an orthodontist must decipher what teeth need to be moved in order for you to achieve a flawless smile. This version of braces has been highly regarded, especially due to the fact that the trays are transparent. Also, the trays don’t have to be worn at all hours of the day, although it is recommended.

How Invisalign Works

With Invisalign, transparent thermoplastic trays are formed to fit your teeth. Over the course of your treatment you will be given different types of aligners. Each tray will be different and make slight movements to your teeth. When you wear the trays, your teeth are naturally moved and shift to the appropriate positions. Due to making this movement, your teeth will eventually achieve a perfect smile.

Incognito Braces

Incognito braces have actually been around and available to the public for quite some time. In the 1970s, Incognito lingual braces were first introduced to the public as a new innovation in orthodontic medicine. The idea of the braces is that the system of brackets and wiring is fastened to the backside of the teeth. Because of your teeth’s natural curvature, the brackets become almost invisible. Only when a patient opens their mouth wide enough, will anyone see the brackets!
Incognito braces have made valuable contributions to the world of orthodontics. Specifically when it comes to alternative teeth-straightening methods.


There are many positive aspects of both Incognito braces and Invisalign trays. Both have proven effective in orthodontics and are popular alternatives to regular braces. Because both forms of teeth-correcting appliances are hidden and don’t show off the metal brackets, they are instantly a better version of regular braces.
Invisalign is a great option for some because they are not fastened to your teeth. For many, braces can be a huge annoyance because they are bulky and ruin the aesthetic of your teeth. With Invisalign trays, your teeth correcting appliance is almost invisible. They also are removable. So, if you have a picture that you want to do “bare-toothed” you have that option.
Incognito lingual braces are great to have because you don’t have to rely on your own memory to make sure your braces are working. With incognito braces, your fixtures are fastened to the inner part of your teeth. They are not only hidden behind your teeth, but work round-the-clock to straighten and move your teeth.
Though both these forms of braces are considerably better than regular braces, they still have flaws or faults in their designs.


For Invisalign trays, a major negative would be that they are both expensive and easily forgettable. Because the whole trick with orthodontics is repeated and constant treatment, Invisalign can sometimes be a less desirable method of teeth-straightening. Because Invisalign trays are not fastened to your teeth, they can be lost or forgotten, which means you won’t be getting the treatment you need. The effectiveness of their treatment is largely reliant on the patient’s vigilance to keep them in as much as possible. Just like a retainer, the success of the procedure only works if the subject wears the trays as much as possible. However, in a busy life, your trays can be forgotten and your teeth can still be crooked.

For Incognito lingual braces, they are fastened to the back of your teeth, so no one ever notices your braces. Better still, they cannot be taken out, which means you won’t forget to put them in or take them out. Though there are a lot of advantages to this style of braces, Incognito braces are still metal braces. Because you still have metal in your mouth, you will still have a metallic taste in your mouth and food can regularly get stuck in your wires. But, since the braces are located in the back of your teeth, you won’t have to worry about food being displayed on the front of your teeth.

Dr. Camilo Riano Orthodontics

At the dental office of Dr. Camilo Riano, you can have a wide range of orthodontic procedures for you to choose from. There are positives and negative aspects to all dental care, however, some options are better suited for some. At our San Francisco dental practice, our staff can give you information you need to make the right choice for you and your teeth. If you want to get orthodontic care, we offer braces, incognito lingual braces, as well as Invisalign! If you are currently struggling with crooked teeth, now is the time to make a change to hidden braces. Contact our offices today!