Straightening your teeth can be beneficial at any age. It not only gives you confidence in your smile’s appearance, but it can also lower your risk for oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth have an increased risk for those as well as an increased risk for tooth damage and dysfunction of the joints of the jaw. If you are working with Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, TX, on straightening your teeth, Invisalign may come up as a treatment option. Invisalign treatment uses clear, acrylic aligners to gently adjust the teeth over time in a discreet manner. There are situations where your orthodontist will need to place buttons on the aligners to help with the adjustment.
Attachments for Efficiency
The goal of attachments and buttons for Invisalign aligners is to move the teeth in a way that would be impossible without the attachments and buttons. Attachments are small dots that are created from a tooth-colored dental bonding material. They will be placed in specific locations on the customized aligners to allow a better grip for moving the teeth. Buttons are tiny tooth-colored brackets for attaching rubber bands. Even with buttons and attachments, the treatment will be discreet. However, it will give those with more severe forms of malocclusion to straighten their smile without braces.
Things to Know
Invisalign aligners with buttons and attachments can still be removed (and should be removed) for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. The fit will be a bit more snug, though, which may up the learning curve for putting the aligners on and taking them off. Buttons and attachments can also create little spots where leftover food debris can build up, which makes a routine for cleaning your aligners just as important as your routine for brushing and flossing.
Can Invisalign help straighten your smile?
There are times when Invisalign aligners require attachments or buttons. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.