Your teeth will be fitted with small, tooth-colored buttons known as Invisalign attachments. Invisalign attachments serve as pivot points and anchors for your clear aligners during your Invisalign treatment. With Invisalign attachments, orthodontists may successfully and accurately realign your teeth.
What Do Invisalign Attachments Do?
The primary purposes of Invisalign SmartForce® Attachments are to correct crowding or crooked teeth if the tooth needs to rotate. The bumps will act as an anchor point to assist more accurately and effectively in guiding the pressures of the aligners to the tooth.
Do Attachments Speed Up Invisalign Treatment?
Yes. The bumps shorten the duration of the procedure by exerting more pressure on a single tooth or group of teeth. The attachment’s added pressure helps move your teeth faster than Invisalign teeth aligners without attachments. A typical Invisalign treatment lasts between six months and two years. With Invisalign attachments, there is a good chance that the course of therapy will end earlier than a year.
Are Invisalign Attachments Necessary?
If you have complex dental alignment issues, Invisalign attachments will be necessary to assist you in reaching your treatment objectives. Clear aligners can initially only address minor issues, but Invisalign can now handle more significant issues thanks to attachments. Your Invisalign provider Dr. Ronald Ayzin will determine if Invisalign attachments are necessary for your treatment.
Types of Invisalign Attachments
Various attachment shapes are possible. Any form required to carry out a particular rotation or movement can be used, whether round, triangular, rectangular, or oblong. Intrusion, translation, and extrusion of tooth rotation for more accurate tooth movement determine the form and position of the attachments.
How are Invisalign Attachments Placed?
To connect attachments to teeth, orthodontists employ bonding methods in many other dental operations. Since it doesn’t need to be installed with drills or injections, the technique is quite simple. A template is used to insert the attachments. The procedure is as follows:
Step 1: Invisalign will provide a transparent plastic template to your orthodontist. The template features little bulges to match the position of the teeth and the locations where the attachments must be inserted, yet it has an aligner-like appearance.
Step 2: The tooth surface will be cleaned and prepared by your orthodontist so that the attachments adhere properly.
Step 3: The bulge will subsequently be filled by your orthodontist using a shade-matched dental composite to the tooth. The bulge creates the form of the attachment to be inserted. The Invisalign attachments on your front teeth will be colored as closely as possible to the color of your natural teeth by your orthodontist.
Step 4: Your orthodontist will use a dental curing laser to cure the bonding substance after sealing the template to your teeth. Even if the Invisalign attachments on the back of the teeth are being treated, it shouldn’t be too invasive in your mouth.
Step 5: Your orthodontist will remove the template and trim away any extra material once the bonding substance has dried and set. The small bump is still in your tooth and what makes up the attachment.
How Long Does It Take To Put On Invisalign Attachments?
The quantity of Invisalign attachments that will be bonded to your teeth will determine how long it takes to put them. The process usually takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
How Many Invisalign Attachments Will I Need?
Not all teeth require restoration. Up to 20 attachments are allowed for the average Invisalign patient to wear.
Do Invisalign Attachments Stay on the Whole Time?
Typically, bumps last the duration of treatment, although they may fade with time, particularly in patients who smoke, have poor dental hygiene, or often consume acidic foods and beverages.
How Long Do Invisalign Attachments Stay On?
The Invisalign attachments are worn during the whole procedure. Your orthodontist may remove them earlier if the teeth that the bumps are linked to are in the proper locations.
How To Remove Invisalign With Many Attachments?
Invisalign, which has several attachments, requires some work to remove. Dentists frequently urge their patients to strengthen the grip of the aligner by using thick paper towels. This may be particularly challenging in the initial days because you can have tooth discomfort once the Invisalign attachments are taken out.
Put a piece of cooking paper or a paper towel over the tooth, firmly hold the aligner in your hands and remove the molars. Do the same for the other side, then the front part.
How To Take Off Invisalign Attachments At Home?
Never attempt to remove an attachment on your own. The bumps must be removed using the right instruments since they are linked to your teeth. Your enamel will be harmed if you do this. Even if an attachment comes loose or falls off, you shouldn’t try to scrape away the leftover substance.
What Happens If You Wear Invisalign Without Attachments?
Attachments are optional. Although it will take longer to complete and be significantly less effective, your Invisalign treatment will still be beneficial.
Do Invisalign Attachments Change During Treatment?
No. Invisalign attachments can last for the entire treatment, but your orthodontist may decide to remove some sooner, depending on the progress of the teeth they are attached to.
Specialist Dr. Ronald Ayzin at Laguna Dental Center provides Invisalign treatment and has done so since 2017. Make an appointment for Invisalign Laguna Dental Center to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign attachments.
Published on February 28, 2023, Updated on March 9, 2023