Can I Get Invisalign with Missing Teeth or Gaps in My Teeth?

If you have missing teeth or have had previous dental restorations, such as an implant or bridge, you may be wondering if Invisalign is an option for you. The answer is yes, it is possible to use Invisalign even if you are missing one or more teeth. However, depending on the number of teeth missing and their location, your dentist may suggest a dental implant before starting Invisalign treatment.Without replacing a missing tooth, there is a risk that the bone will decay. In general, there's no reason why you can't get Invisalign treatment even when you have missing teeth.

Depending on whether you have some missing teeth or a missing tooth and where they are, your dentist may suggest dental implants before starting Invisalign treatment. If a replacement tooth is not required, Invisalign will help move the teeth to fill in the gaps where the missing tooth was. Missing teeth can be a major problem in cosmetic dentistry and make it difficult to eat and speak correctly. While waiting for the treatment to finish, the dentist can use a tooth-colored coating to fill in the aligners where the missing tooth is, hiding the space.

An orthodontist will work with you to ensure that missing molars don't adversely affect the Invisalign aligner's ability to straighten your teeth.While orthodontists may offer Invisalign to patients with missing teeth, it's not a complete tooth replacement solution. Your dentist will schedule an appointment with an Invisalign certified orthodontist who will determine if Invisalign can help solve your problem. Patients will wear each Invisalign tray for approximately two weeks before receiving a new set from their orthodontist. However, by combining Invisalign with other orthodontic procedures, you can get the best smile possible.

Some people may also need to have their teeth removed because of alignment problems that cannot be resolved with orthodontic treatment. If the orthodontist determines that he can solve the problem with Invisalign, he will take an impression of the teeth and send it to a digital scanning center where Invisalign develops the aligners with 3D printing technology and detailed instructions from the dentist on what should be adjusted. Your dentist may also want you to revisit a dental implant after treatment with Invisalign, if there is still space between your teeth and needs to be filled.Invisalign is a brand of transparent dental appliances that uses a series of almost undetectable aligners to straighten teeth. The only caveat of Invisalign and an implant is that the implant will not move with orthodontic forces (e.g., treatment time will increase if additional dental care is needed first, such as dental implants to replace missing teeth).

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