Attachments are composite handlebars that are bonded to the buccal surface of the teeth. They allow the aligners to grip the teeth and exert force to facilitate movement. They can come in many shapes, sizes, and orientations relative to the tooth's surface.
In the outline below, we will review the equipment and steps needed to remove aligner attachments.
Required Tools & Supplies
To remove attachments, you'll need the following:
Carbide Finishing Bur
One Gloss Point and/or Cup
Remove the final aligner tray from the patient's teeth.
Polish the surface of each attachment with a carbide or fine diamond finishing bur until it is completely removed.
Apply a single gloss point and/or cup for enamel polishing, utilizing fine pumice and polishing paste as deemed appropriate by the clinician. Ensure that you rinse and clean the teeth thoroughly afterward. Have the patient feel the surface with their tongue to ensure the surface is satisfactory.