How to Remove Aligner Attachments

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:

  • High-Speed Handpiece
  • Carbide Finishing Bur
  • One Gloss Point and/or Cup

Remove Aligners

Remove the final aligner tray from the patient's teeth.

Remove Attachments

Polish the surface of each attachment with a carbide finishing bur until it is completely removed. 

Polish Enamel

Use one gloss point and/or cup to polish the enamel. Rinse and clean the teeth thoroughly. 

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