Austin, TX – Invisalign is a great option for many orthodontic patients, especially those who are looking for the most discreet way to straighten their smiles. And thanks to the introduction of buttons and attachments, it can be used on even the most difficult malocclusions, opening the treatment up to more patients.
But what exactly are these buttons and attachments, and what is their purpose?
“The goal of Invisalign buttons and attachments is to achieve tooth movement that would not be possible without them,” says Dr. Chris Stansbury, an Austin orthodontist. “They give us an anchor point to which we can better apply force.”
Attachments are small, tooth colored dots that are created from dental bonding material. Your orthodontist will place them in specific locations to allow the aligners to get a better grip with which to move the teeth. Buttons are small tooth colored brackets that give the orthodontist a place to attach rubber bands.
For patients who have more severe malocclusions, buttons and attachments allow them to still benefit from Invisalign, just a bit modified. The aligners will still be able to be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss, and treatment will still be much less noticeable than traditional metal braces treatment.
However, there are some things patients need to be aware of. Having buttons and attachments creates some nooks and crannies where food debris can get built up. But because the aligners can be removed, patients will be able to thoroughly clean around the buttons and attachments.
Attachments and buttons may also make it slightly more difficult to put your aligners in and remove them. The buttons and attachments will create a more snug fit, so be sure to practice taking your aligners in and out of your mouth with the buttons and attachments in place.
“Placing buttons or attachments is a very easy process,” says Dr. Stansbury. “We use a template aligner that has been marked with where your attachments will be. Then, we’ll roughen up the surface of your tooth slightly to create the proper surface to which we can adhere the bonding material. We’ll put the template in, and then put the material that will harden into the attachment in the specially marked spots. A special light will harden the gel, and then we’ll remove the aligner.”
Invisalign aligners on their own can do a great job of straightening the teeth. But as we know, orthodontics isn’t just about straight teeth, but about a bite that functions properly, too. Invisalign is a great treatment option, but for some patients, we just can’t achieve the movements we need without the use of buttons and attachments.
An attachment will ensure the proper forces are in the right places in order to move the teeth by giving the aligner a surface to grip onto.
Buttons, and the elastics that accompany them, serve as an anchor point to direct the bite into proper position.
With the use of these additional tools, Invisalign can be used to treat almost any type of malocclusion. To learn more about Invisalign and if you may benefit from orthodontic treatment, call Wired Orthodontics today at 512-258-6979.