All Invisalign patients look forward to the day when they complete their treatment and can enjoy their straighter, more attractive smiles without having to worry about their aligners. However, if you have any attachments on your teeth as part of the Invisalign process, you might be worried about experiencing discomfort when you have them removed. But do you truly have anything to worry about? Here’s an overview of Invisalign attachments and what you can expect when having them taken off your teeth.
Invisalign aligners aren’t always able to make the necessary changes to your teeth by themselves. For this reason, small bumps referred to as “attachments” might be applied to specific teeth. This helps supply the additional force needed to move your teeth toward their desired positions.
Invisalign attachments are typically made out of materials that can blend in with your natural teeth, making it less likely that people will notice them when you show off your smile.
The answer is short and simple: no, it will not hurt to have your Invisalign attachments taken off. In fact, the removal process is quite simple, as the attachments just pop away from the teeth and the enamel is thoroughly polished to get rid of any leftover residue.
Some patients find that their teeth are somewhat more sensitive for a few days after having their attachments removed. Fortunately, this tends to be a very slight side effect, and it should eventually go away on its own. In the meantime, there are a few ways you can manage tooth sensitivity, such as avoiding hot or cold foods. You can always ask your dentist to see if there are any other steps they might suggest.
After you have your attachments removed, the next step is to make sure that your teeth remain in their new positions. This means that you’ll need to wear a retainer. At first, you’ll be told to wear it at all times, including at night. After about 9 to 12 months, there should be enough bone around your teeth to help stabilize them; at this point, you’ll only need to wear your aligners at night.
Do you have any other concerns about your attachments, your retainer, or any other aspects of the Invisalign process? Let your dentist know so that they can answer your questions; you should always feel like you’re completely informed about your teeth-straightening treatment.
Dr. John Russo was born in Orlando, and today he helps patients in his hometown take better care of their smiles. He belongs to a number of organizations, such as the Florida Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. With Invisalign, he can correct crowded or otherwise misaligned teeth. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Russo, visit his website or call (407) 470-1224.