Find Out Why Some Invisalign Users Need Attachments

Find Out Why Some Invisalign Users Need Attachments

Why Do Invisalign Users Need Attachments?

Schaumburg Dentistry is the place to go if you want a dentist who cares about your smile. We know that it is essential for our patients to know who they are. So, we do everything we can to give you the best dental care possible. People who use Invisalign often worry about privacy. This is especially true if they don’t want other people to know they have invisible braces. Get in touch by calling (847) 985-8100 or going to our page to make an appointment.

Reasons Why Some Invisalign Users Need Attachments

Invisalign is a good choice for a lot of people. But it is not suitable for some. Some people need to use attachments because of the following:

1. Excessive Overbites Or Underbites

If you have an overbite or underbite that’s too severe for Invisalign users, you may need to use attachments. Aligners can only correct up to 2mm of overbite or underbite, sometimes less than that. If your bite is off by more than 2 mm, we recommend getting metal braces instead of Invisalign.

Invisalign Users
Invisalign Users

2. Your Teeth Aren't Straight Enough For Aligners

Sometimes, Invisalign may not be able to fix your teeth. This can happen if the front is complete and the back is empty. Your teeth may not line up in the same way that attachments do. The same is true if one side needs more space than the other. An attachment is required if neither side has enough space for an aligned tooth to move into place.

3. You Have Gapped Teeth

Gaps between your teeth, called diastemas, can be caused by various things. This includes factors like genetics and sucking your thumb when you were younger. Whatever the cause, though, they can be difficult to close with Invisalign alone. The aligners need something to “grab onto” to move your teeth. If there are no teeth on either side of the gap, the aligners won’t be able to do their job. Attachments can help the aligners move your teeth into the right position.

4. You Have Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, Invisalign may not be your proper treatment. The aligners need something to “grab onto” to move your teeth. If there are no teeth on either side of the gap, the aligners won’t be able to do their job. In cases like these, we may recommend braces or orthodontic treatment.

5. You Have Shaped Teeth

Some people have teeth that aren’t like most people’s. This can stop Invisalign from moving their teeth where they need to be. If this is the case, you may need braces or another treatment.

If you want straight teeth, you should talk to your orthodontist. You can ask them if they think you would be a good candidate for the treatment. If the treatment is a good fit for you, we can help you choose which treatment fits your life and budget.

Attachments help move your teeth into the correct position for your smile. The braces are put on specific teeth that need to be moved. They help the aligners move the teeth into place over time. This will make your smile straighter.

What Role Do Attachments Play in Invisalign?

Attachments are an essential part of Invisalign treatment. They help to move teeth without having to remove them. They also don’t get in the way when you eat or brush your teeth, and they fit better than traditional braces.

Invisalign Attachments
Invisalign Attachments

What Is the Process of Invisalign?

There are many different pieces to a smile. They all work the same way. Each piece is made from a special plastic that can bend and push back into place when it breaks. The material used for each piece varies depending on what it is supposed to do in your mouth. Some parts open the teeth, while others hold those pieces in place.

Attachments can look different when you wear them in different colors. Some of them are see-through, and some of them match your teeth. You can choose a subtle change or something more dramatic. We have many options for you!

How Long Must an Invisalign User Wear Attachments?

The length of time you will need to wear attachments varies depending on the severity of your case. You should wear your attachments for at least 20 hours a day to improve quickly.


We can answer any questions you have about attachments or Invisalign treatment. Don’t be afraid to call our office if you want to make an appointment with one of our orthodontists. We will discuss your case and create a treatment plan for you.


Some people may have questions about Invisalign that they would like to ask a dentist. Schaumburg Dentistry wants you to be comfortable with Invisalign before you get it. You don’t have to worry about getting it or how to use it. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign attachments are only sometimes required for every patient who receives treatment. Still, most people will need them, so plan accordingly when getting Invisalign.

Most Invisalign patients require attachments to make their treatment more effective, but only some teeth need one. Invisalign patients can typically wear up to 20 attachments.

Yes, you have the option to decline attachments. Your Invisalign treatment will continue to work; it will take a little longer and be slightly less effective. If you want Invisalign treatment without attachments, ask your orthodontist if it will work for your specific condition and how long it will take.

This means that with the bumps, it could take a year, but without them, it could take 1.5–2 years because the trays don’t have as much leverage in moving the teeth.

When you first get your attachments or switch to a new aligner, you may feel some discomfort. This is because your aligner puts pressure on your attachments, which helps move your teeth into the right place.

Keeping your attachments hidden will be easier if you brush your teeth often and avoid foods and drinks that leave stains. It’s always a good idea to floss between teeth once a day, but it’s imperative during your Invisalign treatment.