Why You Might Need to Wear Invisalign Attachments

Invisible Orthodontic AlignerInvisalign® is a popular teeth-straightening solution for people who want to improve their smiles but don’t want to go through the tedious process of getting traditional metal braces. Not only can traditional braces be a bit of an eyesore, but they can also be pretty painful to wear when they are first placed on your teeth or are tightened. Invisalign trays, on the other hand, are completely clear and usually less painful. However, some patients need to wear Invisalign attachments. 

Invisalign aligners are usually powerful enough on their own to straighten your teeth effectively. But some problem teeth need a little extra help. Invisalign attachments can give stubborn teeth the extra push they need to move into the right position. Learn more about Invisalign attachments and whether you will need them now!

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are small, tooth-colored buttons that can help make your aligners more effective.

invisalign attachmentsWhen Invisalign trays first debuted on the market, they were more suited to treating mild teeth issues. However, Invisalign technology has dramatically evolved since then and can adeptly handle more complicated problems. If the aligners alone aren’t sufficient enough to treat your issue, your orthodontist can give you attachments and buttons to encourage tooth movements.

But what are SmartForce ® Invisalign attachments? Attachments are small, tooth-colored buttons that are bonded to your teeth. Using dental composites, your orthodontist will place them at precise locations so they can help the aligners grip the teeth as they guide them to their intended location. Your orthodontist might also give you buttons for attaching rubber bands to help further anchor your teeth. 

Will I Have to Wear Invisalign Attachments?

Some patients with more severe smile problems might need to wear Invisalign attachments.

person holding invisalign traysNot everyone will need to wear Invisalign attachments. They are usually reserved for more severe teeth issues or for patients with teeth that are shaped or angled in a manner that makes it difficult for trays to straighten them without some external help effectively. 

Technically, you can decline these attachments. But refusing them may extend your treatment plan and produce slightly less effective and desirable results. 

Process of Obtaining Invisalign Attachments

The process of receiving Invisalign attachments is pretty simple and straightforward. Using composite resin, your orthodontist will place them directly onto the surfaces of your teeth. Once treatment is over, they will remove them using a polishing tool. 

Wearing Attachments

The visibility of your attachments will depend on where your orthodontist placed them on your teeth. That said, they are usually barely noticeable. At the end of the day, they are temporary. Once your treatment is over, you will get to enjoy a stunning new smile for the rest of your life as long as you continue to wear your retainers!

Top 3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Invisalign Treatment

Did you just receive a new pair of aligners? Here’s how you can get the most out of your treatment!

person carrying pack of movemintsInvisalign attachments are only part of your Invisalign treatment. In order to get the best results, you will need to:

  • Clean your aligners on a regular basis
  • Wear them for at least 20 hours a day
  • Try chewing exercises or snack on a mint to help your aligners track properly

1. Remember to clean your aligners regularly

You should clean your aligners at least twice a day. Most people clean their aligners at the same time that they brush their teeth. In addition to your regular brushing routine, you should also rinse your aligners whenever you remove them or place them back inside your mouth. A weekly deep cleaning with warm water can also help you keep your aligners in perfect condition! 

2. Wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day

In order to obtain the best results from your treatment, you need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day. This might seem like a long time, but remember that you will be wearing your aligners while you sleep. As you continue to wear your aligners, you will become acclimated to wearing them for long periods of time.  

3. Try chewing exercises

Some people have issues with their aligners not tracking properly. To fix this, some patients will pop in a fresh Movemint™. These edible mints are perfect for helping you track your aligners while also promoting oral health! Created with a therapeutic dose of xylitol, Movemints are great for improving your oral health while freshening up your breath. 

To use one, simply place it between your aligners. Thanks for their built-in grooves, Movemints fit in perfectly between your aligners. 

By following these tips, you can help ensure that you will get the most out of your Invisalign treatment! Your Invisalign journey may feel long and tedious at times, but all of your hard work will soon be worth it in the end. 


Wearing Invisalign attachments is more common than you think. Don’t worry if your orthodontist adds them to your Invisalign treatment. Once you are finished, you will finally have the smile of your dreams! 

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