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SmartForce™ Invisalign Attachments: The Difference is Clear

Writen by John Castronova, DDS
Medically reviewed by Dr. Oleg Drut, Orthodontist on May 12, 2020

SmartForce Invisalign Attachments

Invisalign was the first brand of clear aligner on the market, and they have continued to innovate the orthodontic field to provide outstanding results and beautiful smiles.

One of the most powerful tools developed by Invisalign are SmartForce™ attachments. These small devices are like little anchors, adding grip and dexterity to the clear aligners. They give your orthodontist precision control and predictability in movement, so your teeth straighten faster and better.

What are SmartForce™ Invisalign Attachments?

Small and discreet, but effective, attachments are small tooth-colored dental pieces that affix to certain teeth during your invisible braces treatment. They act as grips for the aligners to hold onto: the aligners fit snugly over them, which helps hold them in place and slowly and gently move your teeth into their correct positions. SmartForce™ attachments are various different shapes and sizes, each one designed for a specific movement or particular grip.

SmartForce™ are a patented technology created by Invisalign, for exclusive use with Invisalign clear aligners. The product of years of research and development SmartForce™ attachments use state-of-the-art designs and premium materials to provide the most effective support for your Invisalign treatment, resulting in beautiful, healthy, long-lasting times.

How Do SmartForce™ Invisalign Attachments Work?

Before you receive your first set of Invisalign aligner trays, your orthodontist will do attachment bonding. This means they will affix the attachments to a few of your teeth using dental bonding glue.

They will remain in place for the duration of your Invisalign therapy, and each set of aligners will be specially designed to fit over them, giving the aligners the necessary grip to safely and effectively move your teeth into place.

Each set of aligners slowly adjusts your teeth a little more each time towards their correct positions. The patented technology in SmartForce™ attachment design gives the aligners a handle to grip onto, which enhances the precision of movement and the speed and effectiveness of your teeth shifting!

When your treatment is over and your smile is complete, your orthodontist will remove the attachments. They will not leave any permanent damage. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid any staining or discoloration.

Do I Have to Get Invisalign Attachments?

It depends on the specifics of your case and your dental diagnosis. Not every case requires attachments – some simpler cases may not need them for the aligners to move your teeth properly.

You can also refuse attachments; your Invisalign will still work, it just may take longer and be slightly less effective.

Most cases do require attachments to be effective. SmartForce™ attachments are tiny and barely noticeable, especially with the aligner fit snugly over them. Their grip provides enhanced reliability and treatment speeds, so attachments help you finish your treatment faster, leaving you with a beautiful, healthy smile and straight teeth to last a lifetime!

Do Invisalign Attachments Hurt?

SmartForce™ Invisalign attachments are pain-free! To put them on, your orthodontist will use safe, non-toxic dental adhesive glue. It is designed to keep your attachments on for as long as the treatment lasts, and then be dissolved easily and painlessly when you’re finished, without any lasting impact on your teeth.

They don’t hurt coming on or off. When you first get them, they may feel uncomfortable as your mouth adjusts – but the discomfort only lasts a day or two before you get used to the attachments and the aligners. Most patients report feeling so comfortable with the aligners and attachments that they feel uncomfortable when they are finished and they’re not wearing them anymore!

Are Invisalign Attachments Noticeable?

Invisalign attachments are barely noticeable, especially when wearing the clear aligners over them.

They are very small and the same color as your teeth, so they blend in seamlessly. Invisalign technology allows you to straighten your teeth with minimal interruptions to your appearance!

Can Invisalign Attachments Go On the Back Teeth?

Typically, Invisalign attachments are put on the front and side teeth for the most effective results, not the back teeth, but it all depends on your specific case.

The specific placements of the SmartForce™ attachments are determined by your orthodontist, who will examine your teeth and jaw and decide what will be most effective for your treatment.

How Many Invisalign Attachments Will I Need?

The number of attachments varies depending on the treatment and the specifics of your case. Some Invisalign patients do not require attachments, and others require up to 20. Most require somewhere in between. Your orthodontist will make the ultimate decision depending on your case and diagnosis. The more complex the case, the more attachments you will need.

Can SmartForce™ Invisalign Attachments Damage Teeth?

No, the SmartForce™ attachments are safe for use throughout your treatment and will not damage your teeth. Poor oral hygiene, however, can create plaque build-up around the attachments, leading to tooth decay and/or staining and discoloration. For that reason, it’s important to brush and floss regularly!

Why are The SmartForce™ Attachments Different Shapes?

Each tooth is different shape and requires different kind of movement to align in the correct position. Your orthodontist will carefully select the proper size and shape attachments to move your teeth to the correct positions.

Can Invisalign Attachments Be Removed During Treatment?

It’s best to keep the Invisalign attachments on during the course of your treatment, but in certain cases they can be removed. For special occasions such as a wedding or religious coming-of-age ceremony, your attachments could be removed temporarily.

Can Invisalign Attachments Fall or Break Off?

That happens occasionally and isn’t a big issue. Let your orthodontist know and a new one can be attached at your next visit. If your aligners are still fitting well, the tooth will still move properly, and you can continue wearing your aligners as prescribed until then.

Can I Use an Electric Toothbrush with Invisalign Attachments?

Yes, your attachments will not break off or be damaged by the toothbrush. Be sure to brush your teeth during treatment, twice a day, to prevent bacteria and tooth decay!

Which Foods Can I Not Eat with Attachments?

One big benefit of Invisalign removable aligners is that you can eat everything! You just need to remove aligners while eating and brush regularly. There are no specific foods you need to avoid.

Can the SmartForce™ Attachments Stain?

Yes, they can stain if you drink a lot of dark liquids like coffee, tea, or red wine. Your orthodontist may provide you with dental whitening gel that you can use with aligners to keep your teeth and attachments clean and white.

Can I Whiten My Teeth with Invisalign Attachments On?

Yes, you can safely get professional dental whitening with SmartForce™ attachments; it won’t damage or discolor the attachments.

Precision Orthodontics for Forever Smiles

Decades of dedicated research and development have transformed the field of orthodontics into an innovative science, drawing on state-of-the-art technology for outstanding results, every time.

While new technology has developed the industry, one thing remains the same: world-class, dedicated licensed orthodontists with the experience and expertise necessary to transform your smile. Every orthodontic innovation is a tool in the hands of your experienced doctor.

With an experienced orthodontist, and the state-of-the-art technology used in Invisalign treatment, you’ll be smiling throughout your orthodontic care – and for years to come!