Invisalign Attachments Explained

What are invisalign Attachments?

You came into the orthodontist's office excited to try in your new Invisalign trays to get that straight smile you have wanted since you were in middle school.  Soon the snaggle tooth struggle will be no more, and the doctor said braces weren't even needed!  How sweet is that?!

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Attachments are tiny tooth-colored “bumps” that are bonded to the teeth using dental composites. They will be placed at precise locations by your orthodontist to allow the aligners to grip the teeth as they are guiding them to their new locations. They're like handles, giving aligners something to gently push on. Invisalign clear aligners fit smoothly and tightly around them, so they’re barely noticeable. Not everyone who uses Invisalign clear aligners will need SmartForce attachments.

Placement of the attachments is an easy process. A template is created that marks exactly where they should be placed on the teeth. Then, the teeth receiving them will be cleaned and prepared to allow the material to bond properly. The bonding material will be placed in the specially marked spots and a special light will be used to harden or set the composite material. It’s a quick and simple process. Once treatment is over we simply just polish them off the teeth. There is no damage to the enamel whatsoever.

With Attachments, just the right amount of gentle force can make all the difference.

Depending on your case, Attachments are small tooth-colored shapes that are attached to your teeth before or during your Invisalign treatment. They're like handles, giving aligners something to gently push on

  • Low key
    Tiny and barely noticeable
  • The translucent choice 
    Make complex tooth movements possible without braces
  • Powerful but gentle
    Help your aligners apply the right amount of force in the right direction

Well those white blocks are what we call "attachments" and yes, they are necessary to properly move teeth into alignment.  During every Invisalign treatment, the orthodontist will prescribe the correct shape and location for these attachments and bond them to the teeth.  They function as handles that allow pressure from the clear plastic trays to exert moving forces.  Without them, it is impossible to properly align the teeth to the same level of care as traditional braces.  So equal results without metal in your mouth?  

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