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3 Reasons You Should Use Attactments with Your Invisalign Trays When Recommended

If you're thinking about having Invisalign trays used to help correct any problems with the alignment of your teeth, you might be a little taken aback when your orthodontist recommends fixing attachments to your teeth. After all, one of the central benefits of Invisalign trays is that they can be slipped in and out with nothing connected to the teeth.

That said, attachments really are something you should go with if your orthodontist recommends them, and here are just three reasons why.

1. They'll Be Barely Noticeable

People often worry that their Invisalign attachments will be easy to spot, something that seems to invalidate the very point of opting for Invisalign trays over traditional braces in the first place. However, those attachments can be colour-matched to the enamel of your teeth. As such, they will only be visible when people get very close. Those small raised bumps shouldn't attract any more notice than the trays themselves. Additionally, you may find that attachments don't need to be placed anywhere visible; though some people need them across most of their teeth, others will only need a few placed towards the back of the mouth.

2. They'll Make Your Treatment More Effective

It used to be that Invisalign trays were the only things used during treatment, but advances have been made since then. Invisalign technology is still quite new, and one thing that became apparent was that attachments were often necessary to ensure that the treatment was effective. Essentially, those attachments act as anchoring points to ensure that tooth movement is more predictable. They can also help achieve movement that would have been either very tricky or impossible using trays alone, such as rotation or extrusion from the gum.

Ultimately, you want your Invisalign trays to be as effective as possible, and attachments are often vital in this regard. After all, you don't want to have gone through the expense and hassle of wearing Invisalign trays only to have the final result fail to match your expectations.

3. They'll Possible Reduce Your Overall Treatment Time

Invisalign trays are far more convenient to live with than traditional braces, but there's no denying that you'll want to have the treatment finished as quickly as possible. Since Invisalign attachments allow more force to be placed against teeth that need to be moved, it's likely that using them will reduce the amount of time your treatment takes. It could be that you'll be free from wearing your trays a few months earlier than you would if you'd gone ahead without attachments.