Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that can straighten teeth or correct a misaligned bite.
After taking impressions, your dentist will have several sets of aligners made to move your teeth. You typically wear your trays for one to two weeks before switching to the next set.
Those with mild to moderate dental concerns (gaps, crowded teeth, etc.) are typically the best candidates for Invisalign. However, dentists sometimes use Invisalign attachments to treat more severe misalignment problems. Regardless of the treatment plan, expect to wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. Any variance can affect how long Invisalign treatment takes.
What Are Invisalign Attachments?
Invisalign attachments move your teeth more effectively. For instance, if you have major gapping or a misaligned bite, attachments can apply steady force — the same way rubber bands do for braces!
Your dentist will tell you whether or not you’ll need attachments during your Invisalign consultation. Once your custom-fit aligners are ready, the surface of your teeth is prepped for bonding and the attachments cured. When you no longer need the attachments, they are buffed off the teeth.
Keep in mind that not every tooth needs an attachment. How many you need depends on case severity.
Types of Invisalign Attachments
There are a few different types of Invisalign add-ons. The type of Invisalign attachments you need depends on your treatment goals.
In terms of what Invisalign looks like, some add-ons are obvious, while others aren’t. In many cases, your dentist will match the color of your add-ons to your natural teeth.
Invisalign attachments are small, tooth-colored dots that are bonded onto the front of the teeth.
Attachments are placed around the tooth’s center and hold your aligners in place. They help apply force to the teeth, shifting them into the desired position, which isn’t always an option with just Invisalign.
Attachments are common during Invisalign treatment. However, only the teeth that need to shift will have them.
Buttons are like attachments, but they’re used to anchor rubber bands. These are used if additional force needs to be applied. Again, similar to attachments, buttons are usually tooth-colored, although those placed in the back of the mouth may be metal.
While Invisalign treatments correct the appearance of your teeth, buttons align your bite. Buttons with rubber bands will connect your top and bottom teeth, creating a more even bite over time.
Power ridges are indentations in Invisalign trays that move teeth forward or backward into alignment. Raised ridges are used when a tooth requires extra force to move in a specific direction. They are usually found along the gumline of your upper incisors.
Invisalign Attachments FAQs
Does Everyone Need Invisalign Attachments?
No, not everyone will need Invisalign attachments. Your dentist will examine your teeth before proceeding with Invisalign treatment. Whether or not you need attachments depends on the position of your teeth.
How Do I Clean Invisalign Attachments?
Care for your attachments the same way you do your teeth — by brushing and flossing twice a day! We also recommend following these instructions for the best results:
Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Food can stick to your attachments, so try to brush your teeth after every meal. Flossing will remove anything caught in between your teeth, which helps keep your Invisalign aligners clean. Carefully brush around your attachments.
Be mindful of what you drink. You should only drink water with your aligners in. Red wines and coffee can stain Invisalign. Although these drinks aren’t off-limits with attachments, we recommend brushing your teeth after consuming any dark-colored beverages.
What Happens if an Attachment Falls Off?
Invisalign attachments can fall off. If this occurs, contact your dentist immediately so they can replace it. Attachments are a crucial part of treatment, which means the sooner they’re re-attached, the better.
How Much Do Invisalign Attachments Cost?
If you need Invisalign attachments, expect to pay a bit more than someone whose treatment plan is straightforward. On average, the cost of Invisalign ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. However, how much Invisalign costs depends on case severity.
Not all dental insurance plans will cover Invisalign, though if it’s medically necessary, they might. Our West Omaha dentists recommend contacting your provider before worrying about how to get Invisalign.
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Have you been told you’re not a candidate for Invisalign? Get a second opinion from our West Omaha dental office. With over 30 years of experience, we can determine whether or not you need Invisalign attachments.