How Many Attachments Are Necessary for Invisalign® Treatment?
Invisalign® treatment is an outstanding orthodontic solution that can correct many imperfections with your smile. Our dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 of Houston, TX are proud to offer Invisalign treatment for patients with alignment, overcrowding, and bite issues.
But there may be times when an Invisalign aligner might not fit as well as you would like. If this is the case, you may need Invisalign attachments for your aligners. The number you will require will vary by situation. Sometimes you may need two or three of them, but these will work well to ensure your aligners stay in place.
What are Invisalign attachments?
Invisalign attachments are button-like materials that will go on the surface of your tooth and are then hardened on the surface with a UV light. An attachment is like a bracket on traditional braces, but it is not obstructive or distracting. It is typically colored to fit the rest of your teeth as well.
An attachment creates an anchor for the aligner. A composite material will be affixed to the tooth in a spot where the aligner will go. The compound produces a better grip for the aligner, allowing it to rotate and shift the teeth well without slipping out.
The attachments are eventually removed after the treatment is complete. A dentist will brush off the attachments, allowing your teeth to look smooth once more. The process will not harm your teeth when managed well.
Do these attachments feel unusual?
You may notice a few sensations in your mouth from these attachments for a few days or weeks after receiving them, but your mouth should get used to these after a while. These won’t be as disruptive or distracting as traditional brackets for braces. The risk of bleeding inside the tissues in your mouth will also be minimal, as the attachments won’t protrude as much as brackets.
How do you maintain these attachments?
You can brush around your attachments to ensure food debris and other particles won’t stick around too long. Some bacteria may stick around your attachments, so be sure you brush well to keep these from being a burden. Our dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 in Houston, TX can advise you on how to brush around these attachments the right way.
Could these attachments fall off?
These attachments will be hardened well to where they will not slide off of your teeth. But be sure you manage your attachments and aligners well to keep those features from falling off. Anything that slides off or weakens could make it harder for you to keep your aligner in the right spot to where it may not work as well.
Contact us for more details on how Invisalign treatment works
The number of attachments you’ll require for an Invisalign treatment will vary surrounding your case and how well an aligner can fit in your mouth. But you’ll find these attachments useful for your alignment needs, as they produce effective results. Ask us about our team approach at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 in Houston, TX, and to see how our experts can help you with your smile. You can schedule an appointment to visit us at our West Sam Houston Parkway North location in northwestern Houston today.