What Are Invisalign Attachments?

If you are dealing with tooth alignment issues or an improper bite, you may be able to get a straight and healthy smile through Invisalign.

It’s a very popular alternative to braces because it’s far more discreet and comfortable. However, if you’ve been reading up on veneers, you may have learned that they are not appropriate for all alignment issues.

The best way to know for sure if Invisalign is right for you is to see Dr. John Walsh for an appointment. The clear aligner might not be able to help you on its own, but that might change thanks to Invisalign attachments.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a set of aligners made from clear plastic to slowly reposition the teeth to their most optimal placement. When you wear these aligners, they will apply a certain amount of pressure to your teeth and slowly move them over time.

Patients usually need several different trays in order to achieve the desired results. The movement of the teeth is mapped before the treatment begins, and each new tray is designed to help the teeth move closer and closer to where they need to be.

Why Doesn’t Invisalign Always Work?

Invisalign is a great way to treat mild to moderate alignment issues, and lots of cases of bite problems. However, when compared to traditional braces, clear aligners are not able to put the same amount of pressure on the teeth.

As a result, more complex alignment problems cannot be effectively addressed through Invisalign alone. Not only that, but bite issues that are skeletal in nature may require other types of treatment, such as braces and even jaw surgery.

Invisalign Attachments: How They Work

Invisalign treatment has evolved tremendously over the years. Today, you may be able to treat certain cases of misalignment that Invasling wasn't able to address just a few years ago, thanks to attachments.

They are essentially small buttons that get bonded to the front surface of the tooth. When the aligners are in, the buttons allow them to put a lot more pressure on the teeth than they would be able to do by themselves.

Moreover, Invisalign treatment may also be supplemented with rubber bands, which can help better control the teeth and jaw movement.

Will Invisalign Attachments Work for You?

It’s impossible to know without a thorough exam and X-ray of your teeth, but Invisalign attachments may allow you to resolve your alignment problems with this type of treatment.

To know for sure, we recommend seeing Dr. John Walsh for a short consultation. Based on your specific case, Dr. Walsh will be able to provide you with the most optimal treatment plan to improve your tooth alignment.

Book an Invisalign consultation at Great Bay Orthodontics online, or call us at (603) 318-2602 for more information about clear aligners or our other services.

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