How to Safely Remove Invisalign Attachments

Invisalign attachments are a great way to speed up teeth straightening and improve the end result. They are small, white fill buttons that are added to the front surface of your teeth, and serve as anchor points that direct forces to the teeth more effectively. Removing them is quite simple, but it's important to do it correctly in order to avoid damaging your teeth. The first step is to use a specialized tool to remove most of the dental composites that hold the attachment on the tooth.

This is usually done with a carbide cutter or an ultrasonic scraper. Once most of the composite material is detached, you can use your nails to start close to the farthest teeth on both sides. It gets easier in about a week because the attachments wear out enough to make them easier to remove. You can also use a paper towel or piece of kitchen paper in your hand, place it on the tooth, grasp the aligner firmly and remove the molars.

This will increase grip and make it easier to take off the Invisalign accessories. After they are removed, your dentist will use a water polish to soften them until there are no longer any raised bumps left on the teeth and will be polished. It's important to note that you should never try to take away your own attachments, as this can lead to damaged teeth. Instead, it's best to leave this task to a professional dentist who has experience with Invisalign treatments.

They will be able to safely remove the attachments without causing any damage.