How Do Invisalign Attachments Work?

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces because it's discreet and can provide a more comfortable form of orthodontic treatment.

When compared to classic metal braces, Invisalign cannot effectively treat all cases of tooth alignment and malocclusion issues.

But luckily for a lot of patients, Invisalign is more effective today than ever, thanks to its attachments, which can complement the treatment. 

Here’s the full breakdown of how Invisalign attachments work and whether they may help you access clear aligner treatment.

Invisalign Attachments: What You Need to Know

Invisalign attachments are buttons that an orthodontist bonds to the surface of a tooth. They can be tooth-colored or made from metal. The latter is usually used for the back teeth to prevent making this discreet treatment more visible.

These clear aligners work by placing pressure on your teeth and slowly moving them to the right position. But sometimes, Invisalign can’t grip the teeth by itself.

Attachments are used to help the aligners properly move the teeth. The dentist can also use rubber bands if you need to adjust jaw positioning as well.

Thanks to attachments, many more patients can get Invisalign. 

How Do Invisalign Attachments Affect Your Treatment?

Attachments can give you the option of avoiding traditional metal braces, which many people tend to dislike due to their difficult maintenance and effects on patient confidence.

But if you need attachments to support your Invisalign treatment, there are some changes you need to be aware of:

  • Visibility: Invisalign is appealing because the clear aligners are virtually unnoticeable. However, even if you get tooth-colored attachments, they can make the treatment a bit less discreet. It's still less obvious when compared to metal braces, however.
  • Maintenance: Under normal circumstances, patients have to brush and floss their teeth as usual with Invisalign. However, attachments require a bit of extra care since foods can stick to the small buttons. This can be slightly annoying when dining out, as you’ll have to properly clean your teeth before placing the clear aligners back on your teeth.
  • Long-term effects: Sometimes, both braces and Invisalign buttons can leave white spots on the teeth after they’re removed. However, these are usually easily removed through various cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening. 

Will Attachments Help You Get Invisalign?

Attachments make it easier for more patients to get Invisalign treatment, but that doesn’t mean everyone is a good candidate.

The only way to know for sure if Invisalign is right for you, with or without attachments, is to see Dr. Bobby Marzban for an orthodontic consultation.

Get Started Today

Dr. Bobby Marzban can help you get a healthy bite and a straight smile through several orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign. 

Find out if you’re a good candidate for these clear aligners by requesting a visit to The McLean Orthodontist online.

For more information, call us at (703) 356-8781 today!