What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are an accessory sometimes used with Invisalign aligners. They are used when Invisalign aligners are not powerful enough to produce the desired result on their own. Your orthodontist will tell you whether you need them.

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth over time with gradual, continuous force. In some cases, however, teeth cannot be moved properly with the aligners alone. Invisalign attachments enable your aligners to gain the extra force they need to move your teeth as desired.

Invisalign attachments are small, tooth-colored devices made from filling material. They are bonded to your teeth to help the aligners work more effectively. In most cases, they will be placed around the center of a tooth. The attachment will act as an anchor, making your Invisalign aligners fit around your teeth more snugly. You may not need attachments on every tooth. In addition, these attachments may not all be the same size or shape, depending on your needs.

When Are Invisalign Attachments Necessary?

Not every patient using Invisalign will need to use attachments. In most cases, attachments are recommended because you have teeth that are not going to respond to standard Invisalign aligners because of their:

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Position/angle

Your orthodontist will be able to tell you whether Invisalign attachments will be necessary in your individual case.

Keep in mind that Invisalign attachments may make it a little harder to use your aligners. They can sometimes irritate the mouth and/or collect food during meals. However, using these attachments as instructed by your orthodontist will improve the outcome of your treatment.

Contact an Orthodontist

Invisalign is one of many options available to people who want a straighter, more attractive smile. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, Invisalign attachments, or your other options, you need to make an appointment with an experienced orthodontist. Please contact Perfect Smiles Orthodontics today to learn more or to make an appointment.