Most people are familiar with Invisalign aligners. They are made out of a clear plastic and virtually invisible to the naked eye. When they are worn for at least 22 hours a day, they can gradually shift the teeth into their proper positions. Invisalign aligners are truly the most comfortable and discreet way to achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
When it comes to Invisalign buttons, however, many people are unsure of what they are and how they work. If your orthodontist believes that rubber bands are necessary to help your aligners straighten your teeth or resolve another dental issue, they will likely recommend buttons. In most cases, buttons are comprised of clear or metal materials and applied directly to the teeth.
If your orthodontist chooses to apply buttons, they will need to etch a hole for them into your aligners. The hole will make it possible for you to slide the aligners in and out with ease. Although it shouldn’t hurt when your orthodontist applies your buttons, you may notice them in your mouth when you don’t wear your aligners. Fortunately, most patients get used to the buttons in their mouth after a few days.
Since food may collect near your buttons, it’s essential to brush thoroughly after every meal. At the end of your orthodontic treatment plan, your orthodontist will likely use a dental drill to remove your buttons. Buttons are not very noticeable, painless, and can assist your teeth in moving to their new positions quicker.
If you have further questions about buttons and how they may help your Invisalign treatment plan, call Gladwell Orthodontics today at (919) 453-6325.