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What are Invisalign Attachments?

October 18, 2021
Posted By: Ryan Rupert

Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment to traditional metal braces. Invisalign utilizes removable clear aligners instead of metal wires and brackets that cannot be removed. The clear aligners exert gentler force on the teeth to gradually shift the teeth into alignment, making them more suitable for minor alignment issues in the absence of attachments or elastics. 


In this blog from Robinson Township Smiles, we’re discussing what Invisalign attachments are, when they are used, and how they can address severe alignment and bite problems. To learn more about Invisalign attachments and if they could be right for you, read on.


The Invisalign System


The average duration of treatment using Invisalign is between 12-18 months but for very minor malocclusions, it can be completed in as little as 6 months. More patients are beginning to prefer Invisalign over traditional braces because they are transparent and do not draw attention to the insecurities they have about their teeth. 


The removable aligners also make it easier to clean their teeth and eat. Unlike traditional braces, you can eat whatever you’d like during your Invisalign treatment as long as you remove your aligners first. Every 1-2 weeks, you will switch out your aligners for a new set. Each new set is a tighter aligner which gradually shifts the position and alignment of your teeth.


What are Invisalign Attachments?


Invisalign attachments are a composite resin material that is attached to your natural teeth to help anchor your aligners and assist them in repositioning or shifting teeth in a certain direction. Attachments are like tooth-colored buttons that are bonded to the teeth. They are used for more severe malocclusions and may also require the use of elastics.


The attachments will be placed on certain teeth and will come in various specific shapes and sizes to encourage tooth rotation and to move teeth above the gumline. Attachments have made Invisalign a more effective orthodontic system.


Your aligners can feet more securely and snugly onto your teeth by hooking onto your attachments. This helps to encourage the exertion of more force onto the teeth and elastics help guide your bite to address over and underbites.


What Problems Can Invisalign Address with Attachments?


In the past, Invisalign was only deemed suitable for very minor orthodontic problems. For severely crooked teeth or bite problems, you would be advised to use traditional braces because the aligners would not be enough to shift the jaw position and change the angle a tooth was growing into. However, this isn’t the case anymore. 


Attachments are used in cases where the aligners have demonstrated they need help to achieve the desired tooth movement. These attachments will be removed from your teeth once your Invisalign treatment has been removed and the color matches the color of your teeth. 


While there will be noticeable bumps on your teeth if you remove your Invisalign, you should only take your Invisalign off for a maximum of 2 hours per day. Invisalign and attachments can be used to correct the following problems:


  • Crooked teeth

  • Underbite

  • Overbite

  • Crossbite

  • Open bite

  • Gaps 

  • Overcrowding


Invisalign System at Robinson Township Smiles

Invisalign has become a more accessible orthodontic treatment for people with severe tooth alignment and malocclusion problems. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, contact us at Robinson Township Smiles today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Rupert to get started.

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