Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite that are designed to cover cosmetic flaws on the teeth and improve your smile’s appearance. They can alter the color, shape, size and length of the teeth and are usually recommended for patients with discolored, chipped or fractured teeth. If you have recently gotten dental veneers,…
What Are Invisalign Attachments?
Invisalign attachments help patients achieve better teeth alignment by giving the clear aligners something to grab onto during treatment. These allow patients with more severe misalignments to be eligible for treatment, and since Invisalign attachments are tooth-colored, they do not cause a cosmetic issue.
An overview of Invisalign attachments
Although not everyone requires Invisalign attachments, many patients do, and it is helpful to understand what exactly these are before starting treatment. The following is a complete overview of Invisalign attachments, including their purpose, when the attachments are necessary and whether or not these are noticeable.
The purpose of Invisalign attachments
An Invisalign attachment is a small, tooth-colored dental appliance that is sometimes placed on the surface of the tooth to help with the Invisalign process. Sometimes the aligners are not enough to move teeth into their new position, and the attachments give the aligners something to help guide teeth. Without Invisalign attachments, certain tooth movements would not be possible through clear aligners treatment. Invisalign attachments allow more patients to be eligible for treatment than ever before.
When are Invisalign attachments necessary?
Essentially, Invisalign attachments help patients with more moderate to severe malocclusions move teeth properly, whereas patients otherwise may not be eligible for Invisalign treatment. Sometimes, patients have certain teeth that need to make a significant shift or movement during the process. In general, the Invisalign aligners place a similar amount of pressure to every tooth. The Invisalign attachments, however, essentially serve as handles and give the aligners something to grab on to, which makes them ideal for teeth that need to make a substantial shift.
Are Invisalign attachments noticeable?
The Invisalign attachments are made of tooth-colored material and blend in well with the natural color of the tooth. Therefore, these attachments are not all that noticeable to others around. Many patients refer to them as bumps, which is essentially what they are. Invisalign attachments are a small attachment onto the tooth but given their pearly white color that matches that of the patient’s exact shade, the Invisalign attachments do not hinder the patient’s ability to continue showing off a beautiful smile during treatment.
Does every patient require attachments?
Not every Invisalign patient is required to wear attachments. Patients who do not have any teeth that require a complex movement or significant shift likely do not require them, whereas patients who have oddly positioned teeth likely do. To determine if a patient will need Invisalign attachments during treatment, the patient should visit with an orthodontist who offers treatment, during which the orthodontist can evaluate the patient’s teeth and jaw and determine if attachments are necessary.
Talk to an orthodontist about Invisalign
If you are interested in learning more about the Invisalign process, then consult with your orthodontist today and schedule a time to come in for your first visit. The orthodontist assists patients through the entire treatment process, including providing effective Invisalign attachment treatment when it is necessary to do so. Everyone deserves a great smile they love, and your orthodontist can help you achieve just that.
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