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Should I change to my new tray that has attachment slots even though I don't have the attachments on yet?

Basically, I've been wearing my third set of aligners for three weeks now. I was supposed to change them last week, but realized that the fourth set had attachment grooves in them for attachments I do not have yet. My appointment to get them on is in about two weeks. So, should I change to the set of aligners that have attachment slots or wait it out for another few weeks until I get my attachments in?

Doctor Answers 4

Invisalign atachments

The best option would be to make your appointment sooner to have the new attachments placed otherwise it will slow down the progress of your treatment.


New York Orthodontist
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Changing to trays without attachement

 Yes you can wear the trays that are made to fit over the attachments without actually having the attachments bonded on yet. As long as the 3rd tray was fitting well and the 4th tray is completely seated with no spaces at the edge of the teeth, you can move to your next tray.  Please note you may have to wear that tray again for 2 weeks once the attachments are placed or call the office and move your appointment up two weeks

Leonard Tau, DMD
Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist
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Change to Tray with Attachment Slots

Yes, you can go to tray #4 with the attachment slots even though you do not have the attachments on your teeth yet. Do not go onto tray #5, however, until the dentist sees how #4 fits after you receive the attachments.

Invisalign trays

The answer is yes, you can wear the trays that are made to fit over the attachments without actually having the attachments bonded on yet.  So as long as your 3rd tray was fitting well, you can move to your next tray although you may have to wear that tray again for 2 weeks once the attachments are placed.

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