Straighten Your Smile with
Invisible Incognito™ or Invisalign® Braces

Two different kinds of state-of-the-art
invisible braces help meet your individual needs



This is the only 100% invisible, fixed-braces system available. Unique, precision and comfortable Incognito braces are made from real gold.

A fixed appliance that goes behind the teeth, these are best known as hidden or lingual braces. They are placed on the tongue side of the teeth, using technology that custom-fits the system behind each tooth.
man with invisible braces

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Reduces treatment time
  • Maintains your appearance during treatment
  • Can’t be lost or misplaced
  • Ideal for allergy sufferers
  • Treats the most complex cases

Grinbaum Orthodontics is a center of excellence Incognito™ provider.


Invisalign replaces wires and brackets with a series of barely detectable plastic, removable and comfortable aligners.

These clear retainer braces move your teeth to the desired position — week by week and millimeter by millimeter.

  • Particularly suitable for adults and most teenagers
  • Less visible than traditional metal braces
  • Eat and drink what you like during treatment
  • Hassle-free brushing and flossing
  • Removable for job interviews, eating, etc.
  • 3-D technology ensures each aligner fits snugly over your teeth

Dr. Grinbaum offers your choice of
Incognito™ or Invisalign® invisible braces.

Board-certified in orthodontic medicine, Dr. Karin Grinbaum has many years of experience in New York City. She works with adults, youth and children. Learn more about Grinbaum Orthodontics.

For a free consultation with Dr. Grinbaum on which invisible braces might work best for you, call 212-777-6177. Or, you may email us or complete our contact form.

Mouthguards: Your Child’s Best Protection During Sports

Level the playing field by avoiding costly dental injuries and surgery

As a parent, your concern about preventing concussions during sports is totally understandable — but a blow to the head can also be a blow to your child’s smile.

Every year, an estimated $500 million is spent repairing teeth caused by some five million sports injuries. Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend mouthguards be worn during organized athletic activities.

Whether it’s team sports or unorganized games, you can help keep your son or daughter from becoming another statistic — with a custom-made plastic mouthguard that protects the teeth, head and joints from dental trauma and, yes, concussions.

Sports-related dental injuries:

a numbers game

If professional athletes face as much as a 56%* chance of receiving an orofacial injury during their career, consider your child’s own chances. Kids between ages 7 and 10 are known to have the highest number of orofacial injuries from playing sports — even the “safer” ones like soccer.

Basketball leads the pack, but many other activities aren’t far behind. — whether organized team sports or unorganized games.

Older kids and youth are at significant risk, too. Research has shown as many as 75 percent of junior and senior high school athletes sustain a dental injury when not wearing a mouthguard.

Play it safe with a custom-made mouthguard that fits your child perfectly and precisely

With good reason, no two custom mouthguards are the same. Unlike off-the-shelf mouthguards, a customized one is made from stronger, more durable thermoplastic that outperforms the pre-fitting kind in four critical ways:

  • Withstands impact much better
  • Retains its shape and fit
  • Thickness of material can be adjusted for grinding and clenching
  • Lasts much longer

The end result is optimal safety and comfort — something that pre-made mouthguards aren’t made to provide.

Make a small financial investment in your child’s smile
that offers a high return on future dental health

Board-certified in orthodontic medicine, Dr. Karin Grinbaum has many years of experience in New York City working with adults, youth and children. Read her bio. To learn more about Grinbaum Orthodontics, please explore our website.

For a free consultation with Dr. Grinbaum, call 212-777-6177, email us or complete our contact form. We can create a custom-made mouthguard that’s designed to preserve your child’s teeth, smile, confidence and well-being for years to come.

* According to research cited on

Eating with Braces: Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t worry, eating a steady diet of applesauce, yogurt and mashed potatoes is NOT necessary

You can eat real food with braces – lots of it! But there are snacks and foods to avoid. Braces are precision appliances that could be damaged by eating hard foods. Sticky, crunchy or certain soft foods can loosen or dislodge the brackets from teeth and promote tooth decay. If it’s hard, especially chewy or likely to get stuck in your teeth, then it’s something to skip. If you still go trick-or-treating on Halloween, then you might make a new friend because you’ll be giving away loads of candy.Caramel apple

  • Doritos, popcorn, caramel and nuts are all bad choices with braces.
  • Gum is out. That big fresh bagel? Pass.
  • Corn on the cob? Next year.

The good news is tons of great food can be eaten safely with braces

Some examples:

  • Proteins – hamburgers, boneless poultry, seafood, cooked beans, hummus
  • Fruits and vegetables – most soft fruits and roasted or steamed veggies
  • Breads and grains – waffles, muffins, sandwich bread, soft tortillas, cake, cookies, rice, pasta, cooked cereals, quinoa, cake
  • Dairy – cheeses, ice cream (no nuts!)

If you’re using a retainer to keep teeth in their desired position, it’s generally recommended you remove the retainer and place it in its dedicated case immediately before eating. Eating with the retainer in your mouth can trap food and potentially alter the shape and effectiveness of the appliance. If you do eat with your retainer, be careful and rinse the retainer immediately after eating.

Bottom line: Eating safely with braces is a piece of cake and more. You’ll find plenty on the menu.

Food you can eat right here in East Midtown Manhattan!

We’ve got tons of restaurants sure to satisfy every tastebud within walking distance of our office. Here are some of our favorites:

eating soupLe Pain Quotidien
With a variety of seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches, there are lots of things on the menu you can eat, but be sure to avoid the harder crusted breads.
eating pizzaBest Pizza On First
Pizza is A-OK, although you may want to ask for a knife and fork to get it down to bite sized pieces.
eating wingsJimbo’s Hamburger Place
You’re pretty safe with anything on the breakfast & lunch menu. You could even sneak in a few wings if you pull the meat off the bones first.
eating flanPho Saigon NYC
Pho Saigon’s signature rice noodle soup is not only braces friendly, but comes in a wide selection of meats and vegetables to suite any tastebuds!
eating guacamole bowlRosa Mexicana
There are tons of soft & delicious options at Rosa Mexicana. We all know you’ll end up eating chips if you go, but be careful, and try to go slow!

Life with Braces… What’s it Like?

Let’s be realistic: braces are an adjustment

Braces-Smilenew You’ll have to get used to them. However, adapting happens quickly and there’s very little “bracism” in the world today.

Millions of people have – or had – braces. In fact, they are often considered to be cool. It’s common for orthodontic patients to be told, “I wish I had gotten braces” or “I need braces too, and can’t wait to get them.” Modern orthodontics offer many options. And award-winning smiles, via cutting-edge technology, are being crafted faster and easier than ever.

Traditional braces aren’t the clumsy, uncomfortable appliances they were decades ago. And Incognito™ and Invisalign® treatments have changed the face of braces as they are almost completely invisible, making orthodontic treatment for all ages quite popular.

It takes time

A perfect smile does take time, yet satisfaction often comes early on. People are typically happier smiling in braces because they feel empowered knowing their ideal smile is on its way.

All braces begin to work soon after treatment begins. AcceleDent® technology can speed up results and make them more comfortable. Ask Dr. Grinbaum if AcceleDent is right for you.

They do alter eating habits, and that’s a common concern. You’ll be told what not to eat, but the list of what you can eat might be 20 times longer. Gummy bear addicts and gum chewers take heart: You won’t have to give up these treats forever.

Life with braces really isn’t so bad. And life after braces with a perfect smile? Now that’s fantastic!


Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation!

Grinbaum Orthodontics, is a certified Incognito™ provider.

Unveil a Perfect Smile at your Wedding

Smiling for hundreds of wedding day pictures is officially on your calendar. So are the endless selfie requests and hours of close-up videos on the big day.

Will your smile be ready in time for your wedding?

The look you desire may be just around the corner. Invisalign® could be the perfect orthodontic option to help wow your guests and capture a perfect moment in time.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and removable, typically worn about 20 hours daily. There are no metal brackets or wires that potentially could irritate your mouth. And they’re ideal for a busy schedule. Visits to Dr. Grinbaum during treatment (about once every other month) are brief and don’t involve metal or wire adjustments.

invisalign wedding photoPopular with brides-to-be, Invisalign offers the chance to see your virtual results and treatment plan before you start. So you’ll see how your straightened teeth should look when treatment is complete — and nearly complete. From start to perfect smile, an Invisalign program averages about 12 months, but results vary with every patient. Remember, the custom-made plastic aligners are removable, and they’re never worn while eating. So you don’t have to wear them at your wedding.

Invisalign may not be the right choice for everyone, but another invisible orthodontic option is available for every smile…

Going Incognito™

Incognito™ is the only 100 percent invisible, fixed-braces system. Precision technology fits the real-gold braces behind each tooth. Your appearance is maintained during treatment and Incognito braces are always on, crafting your perfect smile. You’ll never have to worry about them, especially on our wedding day!


Grinbaum Orthodontics, a certified Incognito™ provider.


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