If you’re one of the many people who want to straighten their teeth but prefer not to wear metal braces, Invisalign in South Hadley is a fantastic alternative. Since you get the same great results, comfortably and discreetly, it’s no surprise that Invisalign has a 96% satisfaction rate among patients. However, to help the aligner trays move your teeth as effectively as possible, some patients need small, tooth-colored “attachments” placed on their teeth at the start of treatment. Want to know more about attachments and how they work? Keep reading!
What Are Attachments?
Attachments are small “dots” or “bumps” of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the center of certain teeth prior to wearing your first set of trays (numbing isn’t necessary beforehand).
Made of the same composite material that’s used in dental fillings, these attachments will stay on for the duration of treatment and will simply be polished off once you’ve achieved your final results. However, since composite material can be stained fairly easily from coffee, tea, red wine, etc., it’s extra important to brush gently but thoroughly after each meal to keep your smile looking great during treatment.
Why Are Attachments Necessary?
Invisalign works on the same principle as metal braces: It puts pressure in precise areas to move the teeth over time into their ideal positions. However, since Invisalign makes these movements with plastic trays instead of metal brackets and wires, attachments are sometimes needed to create the necessary force to successfully move your teeth.
Attachments give your trays something to grip onto, helping them apply the right type and amount of pressure to each tooth. They’re somewhat similar to orthodontic rubber bands because they work in conjunction with your trays to provide additional force. This will also make your trays fit more snugly, however, so it may take a bit longer to put them in and remove them.
Making certain types of adjustments to your smile is difficult with aligner trays alone. Attachments are well worth it because they make it possible to get results that you would otherwise need traditional braces for. And since they’re tooth-colored, they’re not very noticeable, so you’ll still be able to straighten your teeth discreetly.
Attachments provide the extra nudge your Invisalign trays need to do their job. They allow you to get fantastic results in less time, which everyone can agree is a good thing!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Chu is an Invisalign-certified dentist in South Hadley who graduated with honors from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He’s used Invisalign to help countless patients get the smile they’ve always wanted, without the hassle of metal braces, and is always happy to answer questions about the treatment process. Dr. Chu can be contacted via his website.