Invisalign is a popular alternative treatment that can make orthodontics a lot more discreet and comfortable. If you’ve been researching Invisalign, then you properly found out these clear aligners cannot address serious types of alignment and bite problems.
While this is true, the fact is that Invisalign is much more accessible to patients than ever before, especially thanks to Invisalign attachments.
Keep reading to find out how Invisalign attachments work and whether this treatment may be right for you!
Invisalign attachments are small buttons that get bonded to the tooth’s surface. By doing this, the clear aligners can apply better pressure on the teeth and slowly pull them into their most optimal positions.
As a result, Invisalign can now be available even in cases where the teeth need to be rotated to address extrusion and even intrusion. Without buttons, these cases would only be effectively treated with traditional metal braces.
Invisalign can also be used in combination with rubber bands in some cases, especially when the process must also correct the positioning of the jaw to address bite issues.
Invisalign attachments are a bit more visible than the simple clear aligners, but the overall treatment is still a lot more discreet when compared to metal braces. The buttons are tooth-colored and are usually more visible when you take the aligners off in order to eat or clean your teeth.
Plus, you may not even need attachments on every tooth. Your orthodontist will identify the exact number of teeth that would benefit from this extra pressure and only add the attachments if necessary.
If you wear Invisalign, you need to be careful and continue to properly clean your teeth every single day to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.
It may be a bit more difficult to properly brush your teeth when you have attachments on, as food particles may, unfortunately, stick to them. However, in most cases, all you’ll need to do is brush your teeth with more awareness to really make sure you remove these food particles.
Attachments are designed to help support the Invisalign aligners in doing their job properly. If anything, they can speed up the process.
However, if you do need attachments, it does tend to mean you are dealing with some more serious alignment issues, which by nature, will require a bit more time to correct.
The only way to know for sure if attachments or even Invisalign altogether is right for you is to see Dr. Paul Gibas for a consultation. He will examine your teeth and determine the best course of action to get you the best results.