Invisalign and Dental Implants: How Well Can They Be Combined?

A dentist and patient having a consultation When it comes to improving your smile, there are many options available. If you want to replace a missing tooth, you can opt for dental implants. If you want to straighten your teeth without everyone knowing, you can choose Invisalign invisible braces. But what if you want to combine both treatments?

Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces which can straighten your teeth and fix a variety of moderate dental problems safely and discreetly with the use of transparent, removable aligners. Because it is removable, Invisalign is practical and comfortable and does not require many adjustments compared to conventional braces. Nowadays, Invisalign treatment is provided by many dental practices including One Smile Oral Care in West Malling.

If you have dental implants and you are considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you may wonder if you are a good candidate. While every patient is different, generally, there is no reason to avoid Invisalign because of dental implants. Invisalign is a very versatile treatment and can even be used in combination with other dental restoration such as bridges, crowns, fillings and veneers.

Having said that, it is a good idea to get Invisalign first and then proceed with dental implants. This is because Invisalign will move your teeth (including their roots) to their correct position in your mouth, whereas dental implants are fixed to the jawbone and cannot be moved. Dental implants won’t prevent Invisalign from moving your other teeth into their correct position, but the outcome may not be ideal. If you find yourself in this situation, your dentist will help you understand all the parameters involved and determine the best treatment for the desired outcome.

However, having dental implants does not necessarily affect teeth straightening with Invisalign. In some cases, dental implants do not involve the teeth straightened with Invisalign, while in other cases dental implants can be used as indicators to help your teeth move to their ideal position.

Dental implants are permanent. Their shape, position and angle are determined by your dentist and are unchangeable. However, the teeth around your dental implants can be adjusted and that’s why Invisalign is still viable for patients with dental implants.