Invisalign clear aligners are an increasingly popular orthodontic solution, especially for teenagers and adults. And, it’s easy to see why. The treatment is discreet and comfortable, and can be used to address a broad range of issues. While clear aligners are often chosen because they are barely noticeable, it is important to know that some people need Invisalign attachments in order to achieve optimal results. Read on to find out what Invisalign attachments are and what they actually do…
Invisalign attachments are very small, tooth-coloured dots that are made from a dental bonding material. If they are necessary for you, your orthodontist will bond them to the surface of certain teeth to aid proper movement. The position of your attachments will depend on why they are being used. No drilling is required, and the process is completely painless. The attachments work by ensuring that the correct level of force is applied to all the right places, which helps to move the teeth into better positions over time. They also let the clear aligners grip to the teeth, making movements easier and more efficient.
If your orthodontist has recommended that you have Invisalign attachments placed, you don’t have to worry about them affecting the aesthetic of your smile. The attachments are tooth-coloured, which means that they are barely visible. Once your treatment is complete, your orthodontist will simply polish them off the surface of your teeth.
Invisalign attachments work like anchors — they click into your aligners, which makes them more secure in your mouth. By doing so, they also help your teeth shift into better positions over time. Invisalign attachments are often particularly effective in complicated orthodontic cases and can help to achieve excellent results for those who might not otherwise be suitable candidates for the treatment.
If your orthodontist has recommended Invisalign attachments, it is important to know that they will change the way that your aligners feel in your mouth. Because the attachments make your aligners fit more securely, it can feel slightly more difficult to take your aligners out for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. You will soon adjust to the fact that your aligners fit snugly on your teeth, but don’t hesitate to raise any concerns that you have with your orthodontist. Invisalign attachments are ultimately used to ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible, and it will be well worth going through the process once your teeth have moved into their straighter positions.
At iSmile Orthodontics, we offer a comprehensive range of orthodontic solutions, including Invisalign clear aligners. If you are interested in the treatment, we encourage you to come in for a free consultation so that we can discus the process with you and confirm that you are a suitable candidate. If you have any questions about the treatment, our team will be happy to answer them for you.
If you would like to find out more about Invisalign and how it works, please have a look here. We also offer Invisalign Lite, which is suitable for mild to moderate orthodontic cases — find out more about the treatment here.
If you are better suited to braces, our team can help — we offer traditional metal braces, as well as ceramic braces for adults and children. We also offer functional appliances and early intervention for our youngest patients. To see the full list of orthodontic treatments that we offer, please have a look here.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please give us a call on 03 9466 8484 or get in touch with us here. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile and will guide you through your treatment from beginning to end.