Don’t Let Dental Implants Hold You Back From a Straighter Smile
Invisalign has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional or conventional orthodontic treatment. While ceramic or metal braces can give you straighter teeth, Invisalign can discreetly achieve the same goal.
Those who are considering Invisalign naturally have many questions. If you have found yourself in the position of having had a dental implant but are now interested in Invisalign, you are likely wondering if you’re still a candidate.
While every case is different, in general, you can still be considered a candidate for Invisalign regardless of having a dental implant. Invisalign can also be used after someone has had bridges, crowns or fillings too.
Invisalign and Dental Implants
A dental implant is permanent. The shape, position, and angle of the implant will never change for the rest of your life. That being said, the teeth positioned around a dental implant can be repositioned and adjusted in other ways. It is certainly preferable to get Invisalign first and proceed with a dental implant after teeth are in their final location. This is because dental implants are fixed to the bone. While it is usually not ideal, it is certainly possible to get a dental implant before your teeth are moved into their desired position.
Why Missing Teeth Matter
More than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and that number is increasing every day. Missing a tooth doesn’t just leave a gap in your mouth. It can lead to bone loss and also make other aligned teeth shift. Shifting teeth can lead to a misaligned bite, cause wrinkles over time, and can make your remaining teeth crooked.
Dental Implants Before Invisalign
If you already have a dental implant from years prior, you are likely still a candidate for Invisalign. Your treatment plan will focus on addressing the teeth surrounding the dental implant to straighten your overall smile.
Dental Implants After Invisalign
Most dentists will likely suggest getting Invisalign before having a dental implant placed if possible because it makes your treatment more simple overall. Having Invisalign first also gives your dentist or orthodontist more flexibility when establishing your treatment plan.
It’s preferable for you to have a dental implant placed after Invisalign because:
- Dental implants are rigid
- As your teeth shift, the implants can damage them because Invisalign is unable to move the dental implants along with the rest of your teeth
- In some cases, orthodontic treatment is needed to ensure there is enough room for a dental implant to be placed appropriately
Straightening Your Teeth With Invisalign
Choosing to use the Invisalign system will put you on the direct path towards achieving a straighter, more attractive smile. Not only this, but you will be able to do so without letting on to others that you’re even going through orthodontic treatment. Invisalign consists of clear, plastic aligners, and you will wear each aligner for approximately two weeks. These aligners are barely noticeable to others, and many patients find their treatment to be a comfortable experience.
Are You Ready For a Straighter Smile?
The entire Invisalign treatment is ideal for correcting minor issues with crooked, widely spaced, and overcrowded teeth. Treatment times vary, but the average duration for most adults is 12 months. Straighter teeth are easier to clean which will lead to a healthier smile and improved dental health.
Don’t let dental implants stand in your way of achieving a straighter, healthier smile. Contact Cherrywood Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how Invisalign can perfectly complement your dental implants.
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