Dear Dr. Kamel,
I decided to get Invisalign instead of metal braces because of the great reviews that I have read on them. However, I’m really worried about my rotated canine’s/eye teeth. They are very rotated and turned in comparison to my other teeth.
My Invisalign dentist already gave me aligners to wear and told me that I will be getting a set of attachments on my canines to improve how the teeth are moved. My concern is that it won’t be enough to move my canines back adequately. Does Invisalign work on Rotated Canines? Will the attachments help?
I just want you to know, it’s normal to feel a bit worried about your treatment outcome when you start a new smile enhancement procedure. Invisalign isn’t any different.
Since you have significantly rotated canines, you may feel that it is pointless to go through with the treatment if the clear braces aren’t going to fix your main concern. Fortunately, I don’t think you have anything to worry about!
Will Invisalign Treatment Fix Your Rotated Teeth
Although the transformation seen by correcting a rotated tooth may seem huge, it is a very predictable part of your Invisalign treatment. Generally, 45 degrees of rotation is very easy to achieve through wearing orthodontics.
The movement is more significant compared to the alignment of your other teeth, so it may take more time to see results. But – it’s definitely possible! Your Invisalign braces can fix rotated teeth without complication.
To make the movements more predictable, it may be necessary to apply the “attachments” that you’ve already alluded to.
These small, tooth coloured extensions are bonded right to your tooth and give the clear braces a way to hold or attach themselves more securely, when more force is needed.
Attachments are exactly what I would recommend to correct your rotated canines, especially when more significant movement needs to be done in as little time as possible.
What Do Invisalign Attachments Look Like?
Have you ever had a tooth coloured filling? If you have, you know that it uses enamel coloured resin material to fill in the area of the tooth being treated. When it was finished, you really couldn’t see where it was.
Invisalign attachments use similar materials to create clear extensions that are fixed to the tooth. The semi-translucent material actually camouflages itself with the tooth, blending in with the enamel around it. If you look closely, you can still see the extension.
With a fairly smooth contour, your Invisalign braces are able to pop right over the attachments. Then, the aligner places gentle force on both the tooth as well as the attachment.
This bit of extra guidance allows more significant changes to be made for specific alignment needs, such as rotated teeth! Once your tooth is rotated, we remove the attachments and go back to a smooth, flush aligner without the raised housing.
Diane, your question was – does Invisalign work on Rotated Canines. Yes, and placing attachments on your teeth is a great way to make sure your Invisalign braces rotate your tooth properly. It’s ok to feel nervous about it, but I’m sure you’ll see great results once things get going.
Your attachment is temporarily bonded to your tooth, and fits snuggly in a raised housing on your Invisalign aligner. The braces then use the extension to guide your tooth more accurately – especially if it’s rotated.
I expect to see great results from wearing attachments with your Invisalign braces. If for some reason you aren’t seeing the results that you expect, ask your orthodontic provider to make adjustments to your treatment plan.
If you prefer to get a second opinion, I’m more than happy to check your smile to give you my interpretation of your orthodontic needs! Call my office at any time.