What are SureSmile aligners?
The SureSmile clear aligner system is a form of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. They are a great alternative to traditional orthodontics if you want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or if you have had treatment in the past and want to make corrections to your smile.
How does SureSmile work?
We use 3D digital modeling software to create detailed imagery of your teeth. This allows us to make corrections to both your teeth and bite, placing small, tooth-colored attachments where absolutely necessary.
Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets.
Our SureSmile clear aligners are more customizable than other name brands because they are curated in our in-house lab, located at our West Chester and Cincinnati orthodontic offices. Adjustments to your treatment can be made more quickly because of our lab, as attachments can be added or removed sooner, which means you don’t need to wait for weeks at a time to get refined trays back.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, and for two weeks at a time, before putting in a new set of aligners. The length of treatment depends on the severity of each patients case; it can take anywhere from six months to two years.
What makes SureSmile at Cassinelli, Shanker, & Baker Orthodontics unique?
At Cassinelli, Shanker, & Baker Orthodontics we take a personalized approach to your smile and use scientific research to back our treatment offerings. Drs. Alex Cassinelli, Shiv Shanker, and Robin Baker are consistently active in current-day research and are all board-certified orthodontists. We treat our patients like family and take pride in our commitment to perfecting your smile.
The role of attachments in clear aligner treatment
For most adult patients, the appeal of clear aligner treatments (such as SureSmile or Invisalign®) is the aesthetics and convenience. Aligners are less visible than traditional or ceramic braces. An important part of clear aligner treatment plan involves the use of small buttons or attachments to help guide your teeth into their new position.
Here are some of the most common questions we are asked about attachments if you are considering clear aligner treatment.
What are attachments in clear aligner treatment?
Attachments or ‘buttons’ as they sometimes called, are small white tooth-colored shapes that are affixed to the teeth during clear aligner treatment. Due to the round and smooth shape of teeth, attachments help move the teeth with precision in the correct direction to achieve the best result most efficiently. Our orthodontists will design the attachments specifically required for your individual treatment.
Why will my orthodontist use attachments?
Attachments provide the aligner with a surface to push against and improve the tooth’s ability to move. Think of it as a small handle on a door. Since the form-fitted plastic used in clear aligners is not as rigid as the metal used in traditional braces, sometimes the flexibility in the materials need to be compensated in the areas that require movement. Alternatively, attachments may be used to facilitate movement by changing the shape of the tooth.
Are all attachments the same?
Clear aligner attachments can come in a range of sizes and shapes, and your orthodontist will prescribe the correct attachments for your treatment. The shape and placement of the attachments is very important as they are oriented to deliver the right type of force to help the tooth move or rotate without placing unnecessary stress on the roots.
Can I remove my attachments?
No. The attachments are virtually invisible and are made from a tooth colored white filling material, glued to the surface of your teeth and get removed when aligner treatment is over. In most cases, the attachments are barely noticeable with or without the aligner trays in place.
Are SureSmile aligners right for you?
SureSmile clear aligners can be worn by mostly anyone, but each case is at the discretion of Drs. Cassinelli, Shanker, and Baker to ensure best practices for each patient and individualized patient care. We typically see patients around the ages of 18 and up find success from our SureSmile Clear Aligners.
If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with SureSmile clear aligners, schedule an appointment at our West Chester or Cincinnati locations and learn whether this is the right treatment option for you. Your complimentary consultation is the first step toward achieving the beautiful you've always wanted.