January 9, 2018
Every person is going to have unique needs when it comes to realigning teeth for a straighter, healthier smile and overall improved oral health. Some people will be diagnosed with a pretty straightforward Invisalign pro-gram. Others may have different requirements due to incidental issues, such as an existing case of gum dis-ease that needs to be addressed first.
And for some, while Invisalign braces may be just what’s required to solve an issue with teeth looking too crowded or crooked, the braces themselves may need a bit of reinforcement. That’s where attachments come in.
In normal cases of Invisalign application, it’s determined that straightening out teeth or changing the direction of their alignment can be achieved through the application of firm, constant, but gentle pressure. Invisalign braces do this by having precise measurements of the teeth and mouth taken, then creating a series of different braces or “trays” with slightly different configurations that push the teeth into these new, desired configurations.
In some cases, the Invisalign braces, on their own, may not be enough. Invisalign braces are not like traditional braces that use metal bands anchored to points on the teeth. These metal bands, with reinforcement from the anchors apply specific pressure at different places to eventually move teeth.
Invisalign braces are like “false teeth” that you wear over your own teeth, thus providing a different type of pressure at different points. In some cases, Invisalign braces may require the additional application of “attach-ments.” These are anchor points bonded directly on top of individual teeth. They resemble clear bumps or bub-bles. With the addition of these attachments to the teeth, Invisalign braces, when worn, now have extra “gripping power” thanks to the contact the braces are making with the attachments. This can if deemed necessary, pro-vide both added traction and strength to ensure that teeth move where they are supposed to.
Of course, this also means people with attachments in use during their Invisalign treatment need to take some additional steps at oral care. The presence of attachments on certain teeth mean that there is an additional ob-ject in the mouth that is capable of holding onto excess food particles. So extra care when brushing teeth and flossing is required make sure that it’s not just the gums and spaces between teeth that remain clean, but the area around attachments should also be kept clean as well.
Failure to keep attachments free from contaminants can result in additional complications such as cavities or gum disease which can lengthen the Invisalign treatment process as these are new problems that may have to be dealt with.
Depending on the size and placement of attachments this may also make the use Invisalign braces a little more snug. Of course, the whole point of attachments is to add grip and traction, so their presence may make the removal of Invisalign braces a little less easy than it would be for someone with no attachments on their teeth. Ultimately though, this is still a good choice to the traditional metal braces alternative, which cannot be removed at all.