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To get a successful result using Invisalign, attachments are often required on some of the teeth. A lot of our patients ask questions about attachments, so we have produced a blog post to help provide some insight on them.

What are Attachments?

Attachments are little translucent buttons that are glued onto the teeth. They come in specific shapes and sizes. The aligners are made to fit over the attachments. It is possible to have attachments on both the front and backs of the teeth.

Are Attachments Permanent?

No. Although attachments are made from the same material that is used for dental fillings, they are only temporary and are removed when treatment is complete.

Are Attachments Noticeable?

Not Really. Firstly, when the aligners are off, attachments are virtually invisible since they are translucent and blend in with the tooth’s natural colour. When the aligners are on, you can often see the outline of the attachments. From close up, the attachment outline may be visible to a perceptive eye, but from 3 feet away they are barely noticeable. Regardless, attachments are WAY more esthetic than even clear braces.

Are Attachments Really Necessary? What Are They For?

Yes. Attachments are integral in achieving a good treatment outcome. Invisalign is not magic. Moving teeth without braces is challenging and certain force systems need to be in place. With Invisalign, attachments act as the brackets while the aligners act as the archwires. To create certain type of tooth movements, the aligner needs special surfaces (provided by the attachments) to push onto. Without attachments, tooth movements are very limited and one-dimensional.

Who Decides Where to Have Attachments?

The Doctor. Ultimately, deciding where and how to move teeth is the doctor’s responsibility. With braces, the doctor chooses the type of braces and where to place them on the tooth. Invsialign is no different. It takes knowledge of how to move teeth to determine the type, shape, location, and size of the attachments.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact our Vaughan office.

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Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!