Invisalign has quickly become a well-known and popular option for straightening teeth discretely. While the treatment is marketed as not using wires or brackets, some patients do require Invisalign attachments for the treatment to be effective. But, there’s good news: just like the aligners, the attachments are discrete too.
What Are Invisalign Attachments?
Invisalign attachments are small, tooth-coloured dots of dental bonding material. They’re placed on certain teeth and in particular locations. The attachments can be different shapes, too, depending on their purpose. The attachments are bonded to the front of your teeth, so there’s no drilling or shots needed. And at the end of your treatment, they’re polished off.
While Invisalign is highly effective, some movements may be difficult for the aligners to accomplish. With attachments, the right forces are placed in the right places to move your teeth appropriately. They also allow the aligners to grip the tooth for easier adjustments to your smile.
What You Should Know
Here are a few things you should know about Invisalign attachments:
1. They’re Almost Invisible
The attachments are tooth-coloured, so blend in and aren’t easy to see. The position and shape will vary depending on why they are needed. At the end of treatment, they’re polished off and you’ll never even remember they were there.
2. They’re Anchors for the Aligners
The attachments are like anchors that help the aligners move your teeth according to your personalised treatment plan. They click into your aligners to make the trays more secure and help your bite move into the desired position.
Additionally, attachments have the potential to help people with more complicated cases become candidates for Invisalign treatment.
3. A Snug Fit for your Aligners
While you will barely be able to see the attachments, they will change how your aligners feel. They help aligners fit more snugly, which can make it a little harder to remove your aligners for brushing and eating. But, while it may take a little more patience at first, remember that if you have Invisalign attachments, they are necessary for the treatment plan devised by your orthodontist and will ensure your treatment is efficient and precise.
If you’ve been dreaming of a straighter smile but thought your case may be too complicated for Invisalign aligners, attachments might be the answer.
Book an appointment with Dr. Fine (specialist Orthodontist) today to find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.