Why Aren’t My Invisalign Attachments Working?

Does your Invisalign tray feel loose or like it's not fitting properly on your teeth? It could be that your attachments aren't working as they should which could delay your treatment.

But what could be causing this issue? Let's take a closer look at some common reasons why Invisalign attachments may not be working and what you can do to fix it.

Reasons Your Invisalign Attachments Aren’t Working

You’re Not Wearing Them as Required

Ideally, you should wear your Invisalign for 20 to 22 hours a day. If you don’t wear them as instructed, your attachments may not do their job of moving your teeth into the desired position.

You’re Not Doing Your Chewing Exercises

As part of your Invisalign treatment, your cosmetic dentist likely gave you cotton-roll-shaped chewies that you’re supposed to chew whenever you wear your aligners. These exercises help create a tighter fit for the attachments on your teeth, which can speed up the treatment process.

If you’re not using your chewies as directed, it could be why your attachments aren’t working.

Your Teeth Are Colliding During Treatment

Like crowds of people tend to squeeze through an open door of a train or bus in a bid to secure a seat during rush hour, your teeth may also be colliding during treatment. This can cause the attachments to move out of place, making it difficult for them to work properly.

What You Can Do for Your Aligners to Fit onto Your Teeth Properly

Wear Your Invisalign as Much as Possible

While wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day may seem like a tall order, it’s essential for the success of your treatment. Try as much as possible to wear them for the recommended hours save for when you're eating, drinking anything other than water or brushing.

Remember, the more you wear them, the more pressure is applied to your teeth, which can help speed up the process.

Do Your Chewing Exercises as Instructed

Chew one of your chewies for 3-5 minutes every time you put your new set of aligners into your mouth. This will help create a tighter fit for the attachments on your teeth, which can speed up the treatment process.

Get an Invisalign Treatment Revision

It’s possible that your attachments aren’t working because of an error in the initial treatment plan. In this case, your Cary dentist may need to revise the plan to ensure that your attachments are properly aligned and can work as they should.

Interested in an Invisalign Treatment? Come to Myers + Co. Family Dentistry!

Are you having trouble with your aligner tracking or simply interested in getting a new set of Invisalign? Come to Myers + Co. Family Dentistry. We specialize in Invisalign treatment near you and can develop a customized treatment that will provide you with the best possible results. Contact us at (919) 851-5166 or stop by our office at 455 Swiftside Dr. Suite 101 Cary, NC 27518. 

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