Patients that have existing dental work that can include veneers or crowns can often wonder if Invisalign is a possible tooth straightening option for them. Our Surrey dentists discuss how adults with other treatments may still be able to alter their teeth with Invisalign.
If you have crooked teeth, mild crowding, complex bite issues, sleep apnea, or another orthodontic problem, your dentist may recommend Invisalign as a treatment option to help straighten your teeth and correct your bite.
Many adults are deciding to straighten their teeth later in life and so are more likely to have advanced dental work including crowns, implants and veneers.
Fortunately, Invisalign still may be an option for you if you've already had one of these additional treatments.
What Impact Do Missing Teeth Have On My Smile?
While missing teeth are a fairly common problem, they are a serious issue with serious consequences for your oral health. Missing teeth can cause your bite and remaining teeth to become misaligned, in addition to the obvious problem of leaving a gap in your mouth. Bone loss is another possibility.
Wrinkles may gradually become more pronounced. Fortunately, even if you've had treatments such as dental crowns or others to replace missing teeth, you may still be a candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign If You Have Crowns
If you have dental bridges or crowns and are considering Invisalign, you and your dentist may encounter a few complications. Candidates for Invisalign should have well-rooted teeth and crowns that are attached and firmly sealed to their teeth.
With Invisalign, you won't need to have brackets on your teeth, which can help avoid the issue of a crown becoming loose or detaching. Your dentist might also recommend a clear attachment to protect the crown on your tooth.
Invisalign If You Have Veneers
Are you aiming to change the size, shape or colour of a tooth? Porcelain veneers may be the treatment option for you. These custom-fit cosmetic dental restorations make. your teeth appear more symmetrical.
However, if you are also dealing with misalignment issues, your dentist might recommend Invisalign to straighten your teeth, or correct misalignment or bite problems along with other oral health issues that may come up after you've had dental veneers.
If your veneers are properly bonded and have worked to keep your teeth healthy and strong, Invisalign may be an option. Attachments may be recommended by the dentist to help the veneers fit more snugly. Ask your dentist if this will be an issue, as veneers can limit tooth and bite movement.
Invisalign If You Have Dental Implants
Depending on your dentist's findings after an examination, you may require dental implants as part of your treatment plan. However, some patients have deteriorating jawbones or require additional jawbone support before implants can be placed.
If required, there may be a possibility of coordinating your dental implant and Invisalign treatment. Your dental team will need to determine the correct sequence for you depending on your needs. Keep in mind that the dental implant will be permanent.
The dentist can create a treatment plan for you that addresses your needs, including the remaining teeth around the dental implant, to help you achieve a straighter smile.
Because each case is unique, you should discuss your best options for correcting your orthodontic and other issues with your dentist.