composite that we place on specific teeth. Your aligners use them as handles to help manoeuvre your teeth into the desired position.SmartForce attachments are tiny dots of tooth-coloured
Attachments allow us to make movements that otherwise we could only achieve with fixed braces, for example, rotating teeth or moving teeth vertically. They’re one of the reasons why Invisalign is so much more capable than some other types of aligners.
Invisalign attachments are very small, and the composite will match the colour of your teeth, so they’re barely noticeable.
Who will need attachments
Most patients will need attachments. We’ll show you a 3D treatment plan, so you can see how many attachments you’ll need and where we’ll position them.
If your case is complicated, you may need attachments on most of your teeth.
How we fit attachments
We’ll prepare the surface of your tooth to help us achieve a strong bond, then use a template to precisely place the composite in the correct spot. We’ll use a special light to harden the composite and cement it to your tooth.
Attachments come in all different shapes and sizes, including circles, rectangles, squares and triangles. Positioning attachments accurately is crucial for a good outcome. Thankfully, specialist orthodontist Dr Jackie Clune is an Invisalign Diamond Provider, so you can relax in her very experienced hands.
Your attachments will usually remain in place for the duration of your treatment. They don’t require any special care, and you can brush your teeth as usual. When you finish your treatment, we’ll polish away your attachments quickly and painlessly.
What to do if an attachment falls off
Occasionally, an attachment can fall off. If this happens, contact us for advice. Usually, it won’t impact your treatment, and we can place a new attachment at your next appointment.
If you have any questions about attachments, or you’d like to see some examples up close, we’d be delighted to meet you for a no-obligation consultation at our specialist orthodontic practice in Clonmel.