As orthodontics advance, more alternatives are being offered to patients for a variety of needs. The best option for patients who want to keep their smile looking uncluttered during the course of their treatment is Invisalign. This system uses clear aligners that are virtually invisible to others, allowing your smile to look almost completely uninterrupted for the course of your treatment. They also offer incredible convenience due to the fact that you can remove them for meals and snacks.
While not every person will be eligible for Invisalign, the use of attachments with the Invisalign clear aligners can help treat a variety of issues that would be left unaddressed without them. These attachments can come in different shapes depending on the need and may inhibit the clarity of the aligners to some degree. However, the attachments will still keep the Invisalign aligners far more discreet than any other alternative.
How Invisalign Attachments Work
The attachments used with Invisalign aligners are placed directly on the teeth. They can vary in shape and size to some degree based on the correction needed. Typically, these attachments help make tougher adjustments, such as rotating a tooth. The attachment is tinted to match the color of your teeth, so while it might make your aligners slightly more visible, it will still be well hidden compared to other forms of treatment.
The attachments are small and stick out only slightly from your teeth. Typically, attachments are placed toward the center of your teeth for maximum comfort and effectiveness. The attachments require no drilling and are attached to the teeth with a high-strength bonding agent, keeping the them secured in place during the time they will be necessary for your treatment. For these types of attachments, the Invisalign aligners you receive will have small bumps that fit neatly over both your teeth and attachments.
Another type of attachment you may need for your Invisalign clear aligners is buttons. As opposed to other types of attachments that are placed in the middle of your teeth, buttons are placed close to the gum line so they can be used in tandem with elastic bands to correct malocclusions such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites. The aligners are trimmed slightly around the button to leave it exposed so the elastic bands can attach to them and apply the necessary pressure to correct the bite during the course of the treatment.
If your treatment includes attachments along with your clear aligners, you may need to pay extra attention when cleaning your teeth to make sure you clean off food particles around the attachments. You may also have a slightly harder time putting in your aligners at first, but it will get easier over time and with a little practice.
Please contact Warren Orthodontics today to learn more about braces, Invisalign, and other treatment alternatives.