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What Are Invisalign Attachments? Your FAQs – Answered!

If you’re thinking about getting Invisalign in Port Orange, you may have heard of Invisalign “attachments.” And you might be wondering what they are, how they work, and if you’ll need them. Get answers to all these FAQs and more below in this blog from Smillie Dental. 

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are small pieces of dental resin that are attached to your tooth to help shift and move your teeth. They may be circular, square, triangular, or an even more complex shape depending on your case.

To understand how they work, just think of them as “handles” for your teeth. With Invisalign attachments, your clear plastic aligners can grab onto the teeth more effectively compared to just pulling on the tooth itself.

With attachments, you can get faster results and enjoy a better overall treatment experience when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. 

Will I Need Invisalign Attachments for My Treatment?

The majority of Invisalign patients will need at least a few attachments during their treatment. They may not be required if you have only minor teeth alignment issues, but most people will need to get Invisalign attachments at some point to help their aligners work more effectively.

Are Invisalign Attachments Noticeable?

This is a common question. Patients who get Invisalign are often concerned about their smile looking natural during treatment. There’s good news, though. Invisalign attachments are not noticeable at all. 

They are built to be as small and unobtrusive as possible, and they are made from a material that’s built to match the color of your teeth. They will be almost impossible to notice while you’re wearing Invisalign, so you don’t have to worry about Invisalign attachments harming the appearance of your smile. 

How Are Invisalign Attachments Placed & Removed?

Invisalign attachments are placed using a special type of dental composite resin. The tooth will be cleaned and prepared, then a small amount of resin will be applied to it, and the attachment will be placed precisely based on your treatment plan. Then, a UV light is used to harden the resin, completing the process.

To remove the attachments, a special type of pliers is used that “pops” the attachment off without any pain or discomfort. It takes only a few seconds to remove each one. After the attachment is removed, a special polisher is used to clean up any remaining dental resin, leaving your teeth looking just like they did before you got your attachments! 

Do I Need to Do Anything Special to Care For My Teeth After I Get Attachments?

Just make sure to brush thoroughly near the attachments. They tend to gather food and other debris since they’re raised above the rest of your tooth, so proper oral hygiene is important to keep your teeth healthy and strong during treatment. 

Interested in Invisalign in Port Orange? Contact Smillie Dental Today!

At Smillie Dental, Dr. Joseph and Dr. Helen Smillie specialize in Invisalign treatment in Port Orange. If you’d like to learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, just contact us online or give us a call at (386) 317-4754 for an orthodontic consultation. We’re always accepting new patients, so get started today.

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