There are several different brands of digitally customised clear aligners available for dental practitioners to use. Invisalign is one of the most well-know.
Invisalign attachments are small lumps of dental bonding placed on your teeth to help direct the aligners. Depending on where the attachments are placed, they can be rather noticeable.
What You Need to Know About Invisalign Attachments
Some patients who undergo Invisalign treatment require attachments. The small, tooth-coloured dots of white filling material are placed at certain locations on certain teeth. This is usually done at the middle of the tooth.
Be prepared to receive more attachments than you may expect. The tooth-coloured ridges stick to your teeth similar to braces brackets. They then click into your Invisalign aligners to help your teeth move more efficiently.
When you aren’t wearing your aligners, the attachment bumps are almost invisible. But when you have your aligners in, it looks like you’re wearing clear braces.
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to make your Invisalign attachments less noticeable, including:
Limit Drinks That Stain Your Teeth
Drinking pretty much anything that can stain your teeth, like tea, coffee and red wine, will stain your Invisalign attachments. So, during your treatment, aim to limit the amount of stain-inducing foods and drinks you consume if you have to wear Invisalign attachments.
If you have attachments in place, whitening is not an option until you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment. However, regularly brushing your teeth and avoiding those stain-causing drinks can help keep your teeth sparkling and make your attachments less obvious.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Unfortunately, food can get caught between attachments, making them more noticeable. You may find yourself carrying floss with you, just remember to use it after eating so nothing gets stuck in the attachments!
Ditch the Lipstick
Just like caffeinated drinks, lipstick can stain the attachments and even your aligners, so you may want to put off the colourful pout during your treatment and go natural for a while!
Invisalign attachments may seem like a burden, but with the right care, you can make them far less noticeable.
The best way to find out if your treatment requires attachments and how best to take care of them is to talk to a qualified, specialist orthodontist like Dr. Fine. Book your consultation today.
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