Placing Invisalign Attachments Using Proper Technique and Materials

Indicated for a variety of conditions, including gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, crowded teeth, and crossbite, Invisalign orthodontic treatments utilize customized clear aligners to improve occlusion and straighten teeth. Popular for many reasons, Invisalign provides a more esthetic and functional option for patients of all ages, without using brackets, wires, or bands. Although indicated to correct several conditions, some cases require additional features to help achieve the patient’s anticipated treatment results. For those cases, some tooth movements necessary for orthodontic correction require attachments in combination with the aligner for proper tooth positioning. Designed to help the Invisalign aligner trays grip the teeth, attachments are placed in strategic positions to help move the teeth in the specific directions planned by the dentist. Attachments enhance the aligner trays’ ability to move a patient’s teeth by providing greater surface area retention.  Attachments for Invisalign aligners also serve as anchors for specific segments of teeth, so that some can move while others remain stationary. Easily removed at the end of therapy using a polishing tool, Invisalign attachments do not cause any permanent alteration to the tooth surface(s). During initial treatment planning, dentists can determine whether or not attachments are necessary and where they will need to be located. Dentists or dental assistants can then affix small amounts of enamel-colored composite to the teeth requiring an attachment using a bonding agent and Invisalign designed template aligners. Although a simple procedure that requires no aesthesia, dental attachments for Invisalign treatments do require precise placement to ensure they properly facilitate ideal tooth movement. Complications can occur, especially when improper adhesion delays treatment and/or affects the esthetics of an overall successful orthodontic treatment. - See more at:


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