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What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Perhaps you’ve thought about starting orthodontic treatment but didn’t want to have visible braces. Or maybe you’ve been worried about your orthodontic treatment being too uncomfortable. You can put those worries aside and look into which treatment options could be right for you. One exciting recent development in orthodontics is Invisalign attachments.

About Invisalign

If you’ve looked into getting orthodontic treatment in the past, you’ve probably heard of Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment option is a great alternative to braces since they are completely clear and removable. As a result, you get to enjoy a smile free from visible brackets and wires during your treatment. Plus, you can take your aligners out for meals, allowing you to get a straight smile without dealing with the food restrictions you’d have with braces.

One thing that has kept people from getting Invisalign in the past is the fact that it couldn’t quite treat the tougher cases like traditional braces could. This means that some people who would have preferred Invisalign went with braces instead. However, the recent development of Invisalign attachments helps eliminate this problem.

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are small pieces added to the regular Invisalign Clear Aligner System to make Invisalign a good treatment option for a wider range of cases. Invisalign attachments are very small and strategically placed to increase the amount of pressure being applied at that location. This allows for better movement in areas with more severe crowding or crookedness. Another kind of attachment used with Invisalign is a small hook on the aligner. Elastic bands used to fix underbites and overbites are attached to these hooks and pull the jaw forward or back.

While Invisalign attachments make treatment slightly more visible, they still are very unnoticeable. The little plastic pieces are made to match the color of your teeth and can really only be seen upon close inspection. Since the Invisalign attachments are placed directly on your teeth, it is best to avoid very sticky or crunchy foods, such as nuts, caramel, or jerky to prevent dislodging or damaging them.

While traditional braces are still the best treatment option for patients with really tough cases, the innovation of Invisalign attachments makes it possible for more patients to choose Invisalign. In the past patients with more severe levels of crookedness and malocclusions would have needed braces to fix their smiles, but thanks to Invisalign attachments, they have more options.

You can set up a free consultation with us here at The Smile Store to see if you qualify for Invisalign. We can also tell you all about other forms of Invisalign, such as Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Express, and Invisalign Teen. Contact one of our offices today to get started!