How Do Invisalign Attachments Work? Answering Your Top FAQs

Whether you’ve been doing your own research or you've talked with someone who has already had Invisalign treatment in Foothill Ranch, you may have heard of Invisalign “Attachments.” And you might be wondering what they are, how they work, and if they’ll be needed for your treatment. In this blog from Foothill Modern Dental, we’ll answer all of your top FAQs about Invisalign attachments.

What Are Invisalign Attachments, And How Do They Work?

Invisalign attachments are also sometimes called “buttons.” These are very small dots of dental composite resin that are attached to your teeth. This is the same tooth-colored material used in dental bonding to rebuild and reshape teeth. Dr. Selina Sarno will simply place a small amount of this material on your teeth, then use a UV light to harden it.

Depending on the situation, Invisalign attachments may be square, round, triangular, or come in a variety of other shapes and sizes. However, they are always tooth-colored and blend in with your natural smile. This means they're nearly invisible when you’re wearing your Invisalign trays. They won’t affect your appearance at all!

Why Are Invisalign Attachments Necessary?

Your teeth are smooth. That’s a good thing, in general! But for Invisalign treatment, it’s not so good. Without enough friction, it’s not possible for your Invisalign trays to latch onto your teeth properly and adjust the position of your teeth and your bite.

And that’s exactly where Invisalign attachments come in. These little dots provide an area where your Invisalign trays can latch onto your teeth. Once your trays snap over your attachments, they’ll be able to exert pressure on your teeth more effectively. Not only does this speed up the treatment process, but it allows Invisalign to treat some things that would otherwise be untreatable, like certain types of crooked or rotated teeth.

Will I Need Invisalign Attachments For My Treatment?

The answer is “probably.” Almost all Invisalign treatments require the use of at least a few attachments. They're simply the best way to enhance the effectiveness and reduce the treatment time of Invisalign treatment. It’s very rare for patients to be treated with Invisalign and not receive attachments.

How Are My Attachments Removed After Invisalign Treatment?

Removing your attachments is a really simple process. Our dentist in Foothill Ranch will simply use a special tool to gently buff away the attachment. Once she’s done, your natural enamel will be untouched, but the Invisalign attachment will be gone, and you can enjoy your smooth, straight, beautiful smile.

Interested In Invisalign Treatment In Foothill Ranch? Get A Consultation Today!

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to braces. And with treatment innovations like Invisalign attachments, modern Invisalign treatment is more powerful, flexible, and versatile than ever before. If you’re interested in a straighter smile, Dr. Sarno is here to help at Foothill Modern Dental. Contact us online or give us a call at (949) 830-3511 to schedule an orthodontics consultation right away, and see if Invisalign in Foothill Ranch is right for you.

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