What are Invisalign Attachments?
Invisalign braces have become a very popular and successful way to straighten teeth. Invisalign treatment requires the patient to wear clear plastic aligner trays over their teeth. These trays are custom made according to your dentist’s measurements, and are designed to straighten your teeth over time. Like traditional braces, aligners work to shift your teeth into place over time using controlled force.
There are many benefits to Invisalign that have made them popular amongst adults who wish for straighter teeth. The biggest benefit, of course, is that the aligners are virtually invisible. No one will be able to tell you are wearing them! Another is that they are removable, so you can easily take them out while you are eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing! They are also easy to clean, and are far better for your oral health than traditional braces.
The aligners on their own can straighten minor alignment issues. However, sometimes extra attachments are needed to treat specific issues. While most people are aware of Invisalign braces, far fewer are aware of what attachments may be necessary for effective treatment.
Invisalign attachments are small, tooth-coloured adhesive dots. These are made of dental bonding, and are placed at specific locations on the teeth to provide extra grip for the aligners. These attachments ensure that the force of the aligner is focused in the right spot, applying the ideal amount of pressure. These attachments may also be used to secure elastic bands.
Invisalign attachments do make certain aspects of Invisalign treatment more difficult. Because the attachments are placed directly on the teeth, you will have to be extra careful when brushing and flossing to make sure no debris gets stuck around the attachments. These attachments will also make your aligners fit more snugly, so they can become more difficult to take off and put back on. You may even need a special tool to remove them. Even though there are some unpleasant aspects to Invisalign attachments, they do create a more effective treatment than you would have otherwise.
Before your Invisalign treatment begins, make sure you have a thorough understanding of what kind of attachments may be necessary. Your dentist should go over everything with you, but don’t be afraid to ask any other questions. The more informed you are about your treatment, the better it will work as you’ll be equipped to take great care of your oral health throughout the treatment!