Nobody expects Invisalign to be easy, and the journey is full of surprises. Some surprises are great, like how amazing your teeth look after treatment, and others can be a sore mouth.
Invisalign attachmentsThey are one of those not so pleasant surprises, but necessary to achieve your ideal smile.But what are they and how do they work? In this blog, we'll address that question and a few others:
- What are Invisalign accessories and why are they needed?
- What are Invisalign Lumps?
- Can I get Invisalign without attachments?
- Do Invisalign accessories hurt?
- What else should I know about Invisalign accessories?
What are Invisalign accessories and why are they needed?
Sometimes your clear aligners aren't enough to achieve your ideal smile. This can be especially true for moderate to advanced cases where your provider has to deal with defective teeth, extreme gaps or crowding. In these cases, they may decide to apply attachments to the teeth to give the trays something extra to hold as they guide the teeth into the new position.
Attachments are made from a tooth-colored material called composite resin, which is also used in cosmetic fillings and bonding. They adhere to specific teeth to give aligners that extra grip needed to move teeth. Generally speaking, your orthodontist will use them for certain types of movement, such as rotations, extrusions, or intrusions.
What are Invisalign buds?
Invisalign buds are a type of accessory, but they are not, they are not the same thing. The buttons are small auxiliaries that are attached to the clear aligners (not to the teeth, as is the case with attachments) and serve as anchors for the elastics that you will place. then you will be asked to use . Elastic bands act as additional strength for the teeth and are a useful method ofmake sure your teeth stay on trackwith your clear aligner treatment.
These aligners have Invisalign buttons attached to the top and bottom trays.
What are Invisalign Lumps?
Bite ramps (or "bumps" as they are sometimes called) are another tool in the "staying on track" toolkit, and they serve the same goals as the Invisalign accessories. The difference is that bite ramps (sometimes called "bumps") are built into the Invisalign plastic tray to help open the bite vertically when determined by your orthodontist.
While attachments, buttons, and bite ramps may seem like headaches, they are actually a big plus for patients with clear aligners. Without these additional options, clear aligners may not be a viable treatment method for those in need of moderate to complex correction, meaning that traditional metal braces would be the only option. So it could be worse, right?
Can I do Invisalign without attachments?
While accessories don't necessarily speed up treatment, they are important tools for your orthodontist to help you achieve your ideal smile. So while you can use Invisalign without accessories, be aware that doing so can compromise your results and potentially prolong your treatment.
If you're considering rejecting attachments, keep the following points in mind. While you may have heard stories about Invisalign accessories staining your teeth, this isn't something you need to worry too much about. Although the fixtures themselves may have a slight stain around their perimeter, it will hardly be noticeable when you use your trays.
Furthermore, none of these accessories pose any risk to your teeth. They won't harm your enamel or put you at risk for tooth loss or cavities. The attachments, buttons and bite ramps are perfectly safe for your teeth!
That said, if your goal is to treat a milder case of crowding or space without the use of accessories, you can save money, avoid extra trips to the dentist, and get comparable results by opting for an at-home clear aligner. treatment. of severalpopular online aligner companieshow Byte and Smile Direct facilitate the process in your own home, and you even have a dentist or orthodontist to monitor your care remotely and without the use of accessories.
Do Invisalign accessories hurt?
You can expect a little discomfort in the days after applying it, but not because of the attachments themselves (it's not like they're drilled or screwed in or anything). No, the discomfort comes from the increased orthodontic force that attachments allow for your clear aligners, causing your teeth to move more dramatically than before. The more you wear your aligners with your accessories (and the same goes for bite ramps and buds), the faster you'll get used to the discomfort! Within a day or two, the pain will be a thing of the past.
Trust your provider; if they recommend accessories, it's because they're on the "perfect smile" team!
Eating with Invisalign accessories will certainly require some adjustments, but by this point in your treatment, you're probably used to making these adjustments! But be careful; As accessories provide more places to hide food and bacteria, it's a good reminder to evaluate your hygiene habits. Are you brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing whenever possible? it ishabits are essential during treatment, but especially when you have attachments. Pay a little extra attention to your newly placed teeth to make sure they are the cleanest.
If you're really worried about stains, be careful with coffee, red wine, or other beverages that cause discoloration. If you can avoid them while you have the accessories, that's better, but remember that even if they get stained, they'll barely be noticed behind the trays you'll be using 22 hours a day.
One thing we don't recommend is teeth whitening when you have attachments because the resin itself cannot be whitened. You will also not be able to whiten the part of your teeth covered by the accessories, so you will have small discoloration marks on the teeth where the accessories were. Then wait until they turn off to whiten.
What else do I need to know about attachments for Invisalign?
Patients often ask "Are Invisalign attachments noticeable?" Sure you'll notice, but will everyone you meet know that you have dots of composite resin on your teeth? Of course not! And one thing is for sure, they are much less visible than metal braces, and you can rest easy knowing that they are not permanent and that your smile will look better thanks to them.
We've also heard some people (at least on the internet) asking how to remove Invisalign accessories yourself.Under no circumstances should you attempt to remove attachments yourself!First, they're on for a reason, and when your provider determines they've done their job, they'll take them down. The process is relatively painless, although it does involve using the drill bit to sand down the resin.Look at this videoif you're really curious to see how Invisalign attachments are removed (and you'll also see why you shouldn't do it yourself!).
Some other notes. Some patients may have multiple attachments placed on one tooth (it's the grip that matters), and sometimes a new set of attachments needs to be placed on the teeth. this is the most commonif you are experiencing refinements. Contrary to what you might think, accessories can wear out over time. While your supplier will keep an eye on these, you should certainly let them know if you feel any are chipped or significantly worn. Finally, at the time of writing this article, accessories are the domain of orthodontists. domestic suppliersthey currently do not offer attachments with their treatment plans.
Have we covered all your questions about Invisalign accessories? Let us know in the comments section and we'll update this blog accordingly!