Are Invisalign Attachments Going to be Obvious?

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For many people, their Invisalign aligners slot tightly enough over their teeth so that the teeth themselves create a sufficient counterbalance force for the realignment process to be successful. But everyone's teeth are different, and it might be that the configuration of your teeth means that some assistance will be needed. Although the pressure exerted on teeth via Invisalign is mild, your orthodontist might inform you that you will need attachments applied to your teeth — essentially allowing the aligner to grip your teeth. But won't any type of attachment be conspicuous?

Dental Composite Resin 

The attachments themselves are tiny nodules made of the same materials used to fill cavities (a dental composite resin). They're not applied at random, and their position is determined by your bite pattern. You may need them on several different teeth or most of your teeth. Ideally, your orthodontist can solely apply them to the rear surfaces of your teeth, meaning you'll be the only one who knows that they're there. This isn't always possible, and sometimes they need to be front and centre to apply the optimal rotational force for your Invisalign to be effective.

The Same Colour As Your Teeth

Just as dental fillings are colour-matched to your teeth, your attachments will be the same colour as the teeth surrounding them. Their protrusion is minimal, and if you were to look at your teeth closely in the mirror, you will certainly see these small bumps. However, if the thought of attachments makes you feel self-conscious, remember that nobody is going to be inspecting your teeth that closely during everyday activities and the attachments will be obscured by the thermoplastic Invisalign aligner covering them.

How Attachments Are Applied

Fitting these attachments is quick and easy. Once their required location has been determined, the surfaces of your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. The composite resin is then applied and is light-cured for instant setting. And that's about all that's involved. It should also be noted that you may not need these attachments for the entirety of your treatment. As the configuration of your bite changes, the attachments may no longer serve a useful purpose and can simply be buffed away. Your orthodontist will inform you when this is possible. 

So if your orthodontist tells you that your Invisalign treatment involves the application of attachments, remember that they're not going to be noticeable and they serve an essential purpose.

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