If you’re starting to explore Invisalign treatment in Frisco, you may have heard about Invisalign “attachments.” Wondering what they are, how they work, and why they’re necessary? MODERN BITE DENTISTRY is here to help.
In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at the basics of how Invisalign attachments work, and answering some of the most frequently asked questions about them. Read on to get all the details!
Invisalign attachments are also sometimes called “buttons.” They are small, raised “bumps” that are bonded onto your teeth before your Invisalign treatment starts. Depending on the specifics of your treatment, they may be square, triangular, circular, or some other shape.
These small, raised bumps function as pivot points for your Invisalign treatment. They’re necessary because your teeth are very smooth, and this means that it’s not always possible for Invisalign trays to grasp them tightly and move your teeth.
By placing one or more of these attachments, Dr. Shaggy can fine-tune your treatment, improve the power of your Invisalign trays, and straighten your teeth more quickly and effectively.
It takes just a few moments for your attachments to be placed. Dr. Shaggy will refer to your treatment plan, then select the appropriate attachment type for your Invisalign treatment. Then, she will use dental composite to bond it into place.
It takes only a few moments to treat each tooth, and the process is non-invasive, meaning there’s no need for drilling or numbing, and you won’t feel any discomfort.
It may be possible for others to notice your attachments, but only if they look at your teeth very closely. They will be matched to the color of your teeth, and when you wear your Invisalign aligners over the top of your attachments, they will be very hard to notice.
Most patients need their attachments for their entire treatment process. In most cases, your attachments will be placed before you get your first sets of aligners from Dr. Shaggy, and they will be removed at one of your last appointments, before you’re fitted for a set of retainers to wear after your treatment.
Not always. If you have a very simple and straightforward treatment plan, attachments may not be necessary. If you just have a few slightly crooked front teeth, for example, you may not need them.
But most patients with teeth alignment issues and bite problems will need attachments. They’re very effective and powerful, and really enhance your treatment. Invisalign attachments allow adjustments to be made that would be impossible without them.
Intrigued by the possibilities offered by Invisalign? Wondering if it’s right for you in Frisco? Ask Dr. Shaggy! As an experienced Invisalign dentist, she can assess your mouth, determine if you’re a good candidate, and help you take the next steps needed to straighten your smile. Contact us online or call at (214) 214-7790 to schedule your consultation.