Incognito Braces

Incognito Braces

Q: Would that treatment plan be as effective using braces behind the teeth as conventional braces?

A: Custom made brackets are more efficient than standard stock brackets that are mass produced for the "average" person.  The standard prescription in the stock bracket is not ideal for any individual.  It is produced to be as close to the correct prescription for the greatest number of patients and thereby is correct for no single individual. Theoretically, custom lingual is more efficient especially in terms of treatment time and precision. The literature show this and I have noticed a difference clinically; that being said it is possible to get an excellent result with either product.

Q: If we chose incognito braces for the top teeth, and braces on the front of the teeth for the bottom teeth, would the treatment time be longer than
lingual braces top and bottom.?

A: I am not sure there would be a significant clinical difference between 1 arch and 2 in terms of treatment time. You should think in terms of aesthetics versus cost.

Q: Does building up the molars with composite help his front teeth avoid hitting both lingual & frontal braces?

A: Yes the buildups on the back teeth keep from biting lower brackets on the outside and the upper brackets on the inside, so you need them with both systems.  With the Incognito system you can modify the bracket design to avoid biting on the brackets in the opposing arch therefore composite buildups are not usually needed.

Q: Is it best to get your teeth cleaned before you get braces?

A:  It is important to have the teeth free of plaque and calculus anytime you delivering braces but it is especially important when fabricating and delivering a custom bracket system such as Incognito.  We want the teeth free of both plaque and calculus before both the impression appointment and the bracket delivery appointment so that we can minimize the chances for distortion in the fabrication of the brackets and contamination during the cementation of the brackets.  It is also important not get have had a fluoride treatment in the last couple of weeks before bonding the brackets, as fluoride can decrease the bond strength and lead to increase chance of bracket failure.  The efficiency of the custom bracket system is predicated in part on the ability to keep the brackets on.  Excessive bond failure can result in increased treatment time as well as reduce precision in the finished result.


We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors.
Dr. Riolo believes that the knowledge necessary to create beautiful smiles is gained through a combination of education, practical experience, dedication to lifelong learning. As a team, we are committed to providing beautiful healthy smiles. We offer an array of esthetic treatment options, The ultimate esthetic option is Incognito a true invisible braces option. We are a primier provider of Incognito. Incognito braces are individually designed and custom made to work from behind the teeth. We also offer Invisalign as well as various conventional esthetic bracket systems such as clear braces.

We continually strive to motivate and educate our patients in a friendly, caring manner so that they can achieve an exceptional orthodontic treatment result. Check out our video's on our YouTube channel, SeattleBraces

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. But for Dr. Christopher Riolo and his expert orthodontic team, the correct function of your bite is just as important. A malocclusion, or bad bite, can cause serious problems over a lifetime if left untreated. Loss of tooth structure, TMJ problems and bone loss can occur if a malocclusion is not corrected before permanent damage occurs.

When it comes to the challenges and complexities of orthodontic treatment, most people prefer a specialist well trained and experienced. You can depend on Riolo Orthodontics for the best of both worlds: a well functioning bite and the smile of your life! Dr Riolo specializes in esthetic orthodontic solutions, such as braces behind the teeth so know one will know you are wearing them. Riolo Orthodontic is the leading provider of the Incognito bracket system in Seattle. You can find a number of video's describing the Incognito system on this web site and in this blog.

An orthodontist completes several years of extensive training beyond dental school to become an expert at correcting jaw problems and straightening teeth. An orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats hundreds of cases a year. An orthodontist doesn’t clean teeth, fill cavities, extract teeth or perform any of the routine procedures offered by your general dentist. It is not our area of expertise. So be sure to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkups while wearing braces.Read more on Why Choose An Orthodontist in Seattle WA?…

The Story of Bottled Water – Here is a video that will make you think about some of the choices we make that impact our carbon footprint. I hope you like it…….