The methods of getting perfectly straight teeth have developed a lot over the years. Today, a lot of patients can have the perfect results without having to go through visible, uncomfortable braces at all, thanks to clear aligners like Invisalign.
If you’re interested in getting Invisalign and started researching them online, you might have come across the attachments or even buttons that often come along with the invisible aligners. But what are they exactly, and how do they help with straightening your teeth?
This short blog post has the answer.
When Invisalign was first launched, the clear aligner was not the optimal choice for everyone. Severe cases of tooth misalignment still needed metal braces in order to straighten the teeth. After a while, patients could then switch to clear aligners.
Even today, Invisalign is not designed to address all types of tooth misalignment. But, Invisalign attachments help extend this line of treatment to even more patients. They are small attachments that will get bonded directly to the tooth in order to create new angles of pressure to re-align the teeth. The attachments are usually necessary when the clear trays alone will not be able to move the teeth into their optimal position, like a form of treatment enhancement.
Invisalign attachments are usually necessary whenever the tooth needs to be rotated, such as in the case of extreme crowding or misalignment.
Other times, attachments may be necessary to raise the tooth within the gums, as the trays alone won’t be able to put enough pressure on the tooth to change its position in this way. Your Margate, FL dentist will decide whether you need Invisalign attachments after reviewing your specific case.
Yes, attachments will make your treatment a bit more visible than you might have hoped. However, the result is not nearly as easy to observe as metal braces, so even if you need attachments, you are still getting a very discreet course of treatment.
Buttons are another type of Invisalign attachment, they are basically small hooks that will anchor the interarch bands necessary to correct overbites and underbites. The buttons will be subtle, as they are colored to match your teeth.
Invisalign is a great way to get the picture-perfect smile you deserve, but it’s essential to make sure this type of treatment can effectively address your specific dental alignment issues head-on. Dr. Philippe Jean is here to help you make an informed decision and recommend the treatment plan that will give you the very best of results!