If you’re interested in Invisalign and are doing a bit of research, you may have heard of “Invisalign attachments”. But what are they? How do they work? And will you need them if you get Invisalign at VanSmileDesign? We answer the most common questions about Invisalign attachments so you’ll know their purpose and benefits when you come in for your consultation.
Invisalign attachments are very small, tooth-colored bumps that are attached to the tooth during some Invisalign treatments. Depending on their purpose, they may be round, square, triangular, or rectangular. Each type of attachment helps move your tooth in a different way.
Teeth have very smooth surfaces which is great for a beautiful smile. However, it makes it difficult for aligners to shift your teeth. Attachments give the aligners something to hold on to so they can exert the proper force to move the teeth into alignment.
They are somewhat visible from certain angles, but Invisalign attachments are usually very small, making them far less noticeable than other types of orthodontic treatment, like clear braces. They are made from dental resin, they match the color of your natural teeth, and they’re designed to have minimal effects on your appearance.
Most people who get Invisalign will need at least a few attachments during the treatment process. But some very minor alignment issues may be treated without attachments. It all depends on the severity of the case and what will yield the best results for the patient.
No. Invisalign attachments are placed only on the specific teeth that require them for optimal alignment. It’s rare for someone to need attachments on every tooth, even patients with the most complex cases. It all depends on your treatment plan and your specific needs.
No. You can brush normally with attachments. However, you may need to spend a bit more time cleaning around them since they can trap food particles. They are securely placed with dental adhesive so it’s unlikely they will fall off with regular at-home care. You may want to take care when brushing and flossing to ensure your comfort while keeping your teeth clean.
When your Invisalign treatment is complete, or a specific attachment is no longer needed, Dr. Van will gently sand down the attachment and remove it from your enamel. She will be sure to remove all traces of the attachments, giving you a smooth and beautiful smile.
At VanSmileDesign, we’re always here to help you achieve your smile goals. If you’re interested in getting a straighter smile with Invisalign, contact us at (703) 556-0091 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van. During your appointment, you can learn more about Invisalign, ask questions about treatment outcomes, and see if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners.