Invisalign Attachments: What Are They and When Do I Need Them?

Invisalign clear braces are one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options, unobtrusively improving your smile in just a year or two. But sometimes, Invisalign braces themselves aren’t enough to reposition your teeth. What are Invisalign attachments, and when might you need them? Below, we’ll answer a few of the questions you might have when considering these attachments.

What are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are small tooth-colored knobs or buttons that are attached directly to your teeth. They help anchor the Invisalign braces so teeth can move into the appropriate position. These attachments are made from the same material as dental fillings, making them safe and nearly invisible. Over the course of your Invisalign treatment, you may have attachments on various teeth at various times.

When Do I Need Attachments?

Not everyone needs Invisalign attachments, and only your dentist can tell you for sure whether you’re a prime candidate. These attachments are generally needed only when the traditional Invisalign clear retainer isn’t enough to shift and reposition your teeth; they’re used in situations where traditional metal braces would otherwise be needed.

How Long Will I Need to Wear Attachments?

Generally, you’ll wear each Invisalign aligner for one to two weeks before moving on to the next aligner. The length of time you’ll need to wear your attachments will largely depend on how many aligners you need, how long you’ll wear each aligner, and how much each of your teeth will need to shift according to your Invisalign treatment plan. Before your attachments are placed, your dentist will take X-rays and dental impressions to see exactly where each tooth is located and where they need to be.

If you’re interested in your Invisalign treatment options or are wondering whether attachments are right for you, look no further than Smile Experience Orthodontics. Our experienced staff can answer all your questions and help design a treatment plan that will work for your budget, schedule, and goals. Book an appointment today or visit our website for more information about the services we offer.