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How to Hide Invisalign® Attachments?

Updated: May 14

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

Most 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.

The tooth-coloured ridges are fixed to your teeth in a manner similar to braces brackets. They then click into your Invisalign® aligners, helping your teeth to move as determined by your treatment plan.

Attachments are an important part of clear aligner treatment, and needed to ensure that aligners can deliver concentrated, directed pressure exactly where needed in order to achieve complex movements. The attachments help to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your orthodontic treatment.

The position and amount of attachments required is highly individual, depending on your orthodontic needs. As this can be unpredictable, be prepared to receive more attachments than you may expect. If the position or amount of attachments is something that is important for you to understand at the outset, we'd encourage you to let your orthodontist know at your initial consultation.

In any case, 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.

Brush Often

Rinsing your mouth after consuming stain-inducing foods and drinks as well as regularly brushing your teeth can help keep your teeth sparkling and make your attachments less obvious.

Ditch the Lipstick

In some cases lipstick can transfer to 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! Lip balms or subtly-tinted glosses can be a great alternative.

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 free* consultation today.

*If orthodontic X-rays are required, a fee of $180 applies. See Terms and Conditions. Treatment may not be suitable for you.

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Specialist Orthodontist Input by Dr Martin Fine BDS, MSc, MSc

Dr Martin Fine

Dr Martin Fine

Specialist Orthodontist Dr Martin Fine, BDS, MSc (Orthodontics), is based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. With over 30 years' experience in private practice, Dr Fine has expertise working with a wide variety of orthodontic appliances, including braces and Invisalign. He has presented at orthodontic conferences globally, and has taught postgraduate orthodontic students at the University of Sydney. Dr Fine is a member of both the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) and the ASO (Australian Society of Orthodontists), and is a former president of the Alpha-Omega Dental Society's Sydney Chapter.  In the past, Dr Fine's research has been featured in the Angle Orthodontist journal. Dr Fine is committed to providing outstanding patient care using the latest and most effective techniques. Most recently, Dr Fine has developed and introduced the innovative FineLine clear aligner system, which has been specifically developed to meet the needs of patients at Fine Orthodontics.

Written by Danielle Long

Danielle Long

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Danielle Long has been assisting in the creation of beautiful smiles at Fine Orthodontics for over 15 years. Holding graduate qualifications in English and Education (BA/BEd UNSW), Dani brings a unique blend of knowledge to her role. She has worked in many different areas of the practice, having served as both Clinical Assistant and Treatment Coordinator over the years. Continually fascinated by the art and science behind orthodontics, Dani is always keen to share her knowledge in order to enhance patient understanding and experience. Dani focuses on facilitating exceptional patient communication and delivering in-depth orthodontic treatment information. She strives to ensure that every individual embarking on their orthodontic journey with Fine Orthodontics feels informed and supported.

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