10 Things to Know About Invisalign® Attachments

10 Things to Know About Invisalign® Attachments

September 1, 2022

Thanks to the invisible nature of clear braces, Invisalign® is a popular option for many teenagers and adults who may want to straighten their smiles discreetly. Unlike traditional metal braces, which use metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear trays to correct teeth misalignments.

If you’re considering Invisalign, there are several things you should know about the treatment. While most people know about the basics – like using a new pair of aligners every two weeks or removing the aligners when eating, there’s more to the treatment.

Your orthodontist might recommend Invisalign attachments during the initial fitting procedure. They help hold Invisalign braces in position and provide adequate tooth movement. Below are ten facts about Invisalign attachments:

  • They are Important.

It’s for a good reason that orthodontists recommend Invisalign attachments. The attachments help anchor the Invisalign trays to the teeth and put additional pressure on the tooth’s roots and crowns to move in the desired position.

  • They are tooth-colored.

Since Invisalign are famous for its invisible nature, the attachments are also made of tooth-colored materials, making sure they blend perfectly with your smile.

  • They may or may not be visible.

Thanks to their tooth-colored nature, the attachments won’t draw significant attention like traditional metal braces. You can notice them when you remove clear aligners to eat or brush, especially if there are prominent front teeth. Those attached towards the back of the mouth are less noticeable. You may also feel them with your tongue.

  • They vary in number, size, and shape.

Since everyone’s needs are different, the number, shape, and size of the attachments vary from one patient to another. You may have one or a dozen circular, triangular, or squared attachments. On average, a patient can have about 20 attachments. The more complex your misalignment is, the more and larger the attachments you need.

  • Not everyone needs attachments.

While attachments are essential, patients with minor problems or those who wear Invisalign Express might not require attachments. However, most Invisalign require attachments for faster and more effective treatment. Similarly, not all teeth require attachments.

  • They must be cleaned.

Excellent oral hygiene is highly essential during Invisalign treatment. When brushing your teeth, ensure you brush your attachments thoroughly to prevent plaque and bacteria build-up around them. Poor dental hygiene makes you vulnerable to stains, decay, and bad breath.

  • Fitting and removing attachments are easy and quick.

Once your Invisalign aligners are ready for fitting, the orthodontist will begin bonding the attachments to your teeth. The attachments are cured to ensure they stay in place firmly. Once the treatment is complete, the attachments are easy to remove. You should never try to remove the attachments on your own as they can damage your teeth.

  • Each attachment is strategically positioned.

Before bonding the attachments, the orthodontist will mark the specific areas where they should fit the attachments. The attachments can cover a tooth’s triangular, circular, or square area. The idea is to provide an excellent grip on the trays and offer adequate force to shift your teeth.

  • They can make it difficult to remove and insert the aligners.

Since attachments securely hold the Invisalign trays, you may find removing and inserting them a little time-consuming and difficult. Notify your orthodontist if the attachments are causing any problems.

  • They are temporary.

Attachments are only necessary to hold the Invisalign trays and shift your teeth quickly. Once the treatment is complete, the orthodontist will completely remove them from the teeth. The dentist will be sure to remove any residues of the attachment to give you a perfect smile.

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