When it comes to improving your smile, you have plenty of options. If you want to replace a missing tooth, you can get a dental implant. If you want straighter teeth, you can seek out orthodontic treatment like Invisalign. But what if you want both?
It’s not a well-known fact, but Invisalign is not only compatible with dental implants, but it can work with dental implants to improve your overall smile. Best of all, you can get Invisalign either before, during or after your dental implant treatment.
The Effects of Missing Teeth
Losing teeth is a pretty common problem. After all, more than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth — and that number is growing every day. While there are multiple solutions for this, a lot of people simply don’t address the problem. This doesn’t just leave a gap in the mouth; it can cause bone loss and make other teeth shift.
Tooth repositioning also misaligns the bite, causes wrinkles over time and can make your remaining teeth even more crooked than they were before the tooth loss. Fortunately, even if your smile has been affected by missing teeth or dental implants, Invisalign may still be an option for you.
Invisalign and Dental Implants
The thing about dental implants is that they’re permanent. Their shape, position and angle are all “set in stone” for the rest of your life. But the teeth around your dental implants can be repositioned and adjusted in other ways. That’s why orthodontic treatments like Invisalign are still effective for people with dental implants.
Here’s how Invisalign can help patients at any stage of the dental implant process:
● Before: Most dentists will likely suggest getting Invisalign before dental implants because it makes things easier overall and gives the orthodontist more flexibility to design your perfect smile before placing a permanent implant. There may be exceptions, however, if your dentist thinks you don’t have enough bone support or it may deteriorate by the time you receive your implant.
● During : If necessary, you can get dental implants in the middle of Invisalign treatment. The dentist will simply need to determine the correct order of sequences and keep in mind that the dental implant will be in a permanent position.
● After: As mentioned above, if you already have dental implants, you can still be a candidate for Invisalign. Your dentist will implement a treatment plan that addresses the teeth around the dental implant, thus straightening your overall smile.
Whatever stage you and your dentist end up choosing, you’ll be able to continue enjoying the benefits of your dental implants and start enjoying the new benefits of Invisalign.
If you’d like to know more about how Invisalign perfectly complements your dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today!