If you’re doing research on Invisalign in Scottsdale, you may be familiar with the basics of the process. Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you’ll swap through a lot of different sets of aligners, and each one will gently move your teeth toward a healthier position. By the end of your treatment, you’ll have straighter teeth and a healthier bite, too.
But you also may have heard of “Invisalign attachments.” Wondering what they are, how they work, and if they're always necessary? Read on, and the team at Omni Dental Studio will go over all of the basics that you should know.
Invisalign attachments are very small “dots” of composite resin material that Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld will apply to your teeth as part of the Invisalign treatment process. They may be round, square, or a variety of different shapes, depending on what’s needed for your treatment.
Attachments are made of a tooth-colored material that blends in very well with your natural teeth and are meant to work together with your Invisalign trays to move your teeth into the proper positions over time.
Basically, Invisalign attachments work by providing something that your Invisalign trays can “grab” onto during treatment. Natural tooth enamel is very smooth and slippery, and this is a problem for Invisalign treatment. In order to move your teeth into the proper position, your aligners usually need a bit of help in the form of Invisalign attachments.
Your aligners are designed to grip the attachments on your teeth, which helps them place the proper pressure on your teeth and move them toward a healthier position. Without attachments, it would be much harder for your teeth to move, and some types of tooth movement would simply be impossible.
Unless you have very minor problems with your teeth, the answer is “yes.” Invisalign attachments are required for the majority of patients. You may only need one or two of them, or you may need a dozen or more Invisalign attachments. It all depends on the specifics of your case.
Probably not, unless they are looking very closely at your teeth. Invisalign attachments are made from tooth-colored material and are matched to the shade of your teeth. They blend in very well with your natural teeth, so your appearance won’t really be affected by your attachments.
Your Invisalign attachments will usually only be removed once your orthodontic treatment is complete. Once you’re done with Invisalign, Dr. Rozenfeld will use a special buffing tool to gently remove your attachments. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your brand-new, straight, beautiful smile.
Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld is an experienced Invisalign dentist in Scottsdale. If you’re interested in straightening your teeth without braces, the team at Omni Dental Studio is here to help. Give us a call at (480) 725-4345 or contact us online to schedule an orthodontic consultation, and find out if Invisalign is right for you!