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How Do Invisalign Attachments Work?

By: Andrea Ball, D.M.D.


The Invisalign brand is popular for a reason since the aligners are virtually invisible and require no complicated dental surgery. However, Dr. Andrea Ball may attach small tooth-colored buttons or "attachments" to specific teeth before beginning treatment. These buttons help the aligners stay in place and do their job.

Invisalign attachments may remain for the entire length of your treatment, depending on your case. Anyone with questions about invisible aligners should call Ball Dentistry to set up a teeth straightening consultation. Our experienced Indianapolis, IN team can address your concerns and help you on your journey toward a straighter smile.

How do Invisalign aligners work?

Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit the unique shape of your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks before you move on to the next one in the series. Every time you switch to a new aligner, your teeth should become straighter and better aligned.

What are Invisalign attachments?

Invisalign attachments help the aligners to stay in place and more effectively shift your teeth. These buttons are small and tooth-colored, so they blend in with the rest of your smile. Not everyone needs attachments, but they are helpful for certain cases. Dr. Ball can perform an evaluation and determine if you need these devices during your Invisalign treatment.

How long can Invisalign attachments last?

The length of time the attachments stay on your teeth depends on each individual case. They may remain attached to your teeth throughout the duration of your Invisalign plan, which is usually between one and two years.

Your attachment may break or become loose due to normal wear and tear or trauma. If that happens, you should contact Ball Dentistry in Indianapolis, IN as soon as possible to have them reattached. It's important because leaving them off too long can delay your treatment timeline.

How do you clean Invisalign attachments?

Cleaning your Invisalign attachments is easy. Just use a soft-bristled toothbrush, lukewarm water, and a small amount of toothpaste to brush away any plaque or buildup. Avoid placing too much pressure directly on the attachments, as this could pull them off. Make sure to brush each tooth individually, as well as the gumline. Ball Dentistry can provide specific recommendations about caring for your attachments at home.

Will the attachments leave behind marks on my teeth?

No, the attachments should not leave any long-term marks. Once the teeth straightening process is complete, and all of the attachments are removed, there will be no visible signs that they were ever present. You can enjoy a beautiful smile without anyone knowing you had help from our team.

Of course, regular brushing and flossing are essential to maintain your healthy teeth and gums. Feel free to view before-and-after pictures of patients who have had successful Invisalign treatment at Ball Dentistry. Our patients report a high satisfaction rate with their new smiles.

Ask about Invisalign attachments

There's no need to wait any longer for the smile of your dreams. Contact Ball Dentistry to learn more about Invisible aligners, including how long attachments are needed during the teeth straightening process. Dr. Andrea Ball and our experienced team in Indianapolis, IN look forward to creating a personalized treatment plan that fits your unique needs and lifestyle.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.