Can You Wear Invisalign Aligners With Dental Restorations?

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How Crowns, Bridges,

Implants and More Impact Your Invisalign Treatment

If you’re considering wearing Invisalign clear aligners to treat your  malocclusions , but have oral restorations like crowns, implants, veneers , or bridges, you might be wondering if you’re even capable of wearing them in the first place. After all,  Invisalign clear aligners  are often fit around natural teeth. Moreover, would it be compatible, even if you’re missing some teeth in your mouth? Keep reading to find out.

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Can You Wear Invisalign

Treatment With Crowns?

If you’re considering an “Invisalign treatment with dental crowns”, here’s what you need to know. Dental crowns don’t usually stop you from wearing Invisalign aligners. Most of the time, the aligner trays can be shaped to fit over the crown, just like they would fit over a natural tooth.

But, you need to be careful when removing your aligners. Ensure you grasp the edge of the tray, not the crown, when removing it.. Also, avoid getting a tooth crowned during your Invisalign treatment. This could affect the fit of your aligner.

So, if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, plan your treatment plan carefully. Get your tooth crowned before starting the Invisalign treatment or wait until after the treatment is over. This way, you can ensure that your Invisalign treatment and crowning procedure don’t interfere with each other.

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Will Invisalign Treatment

Work with Dental Implants?

Invisalign aligners generally work well with full dental implants. Despite concerns about implants being fixed and unmovable, Invisalign can adapt. This is because these aligners target only specific areas of the teeth at a time. So, for many people, Invisalign aligners and dental implants compatibility is not an issue.

To understand how Invisalign aligners can work with your dental implants, it's best to schedule a consultation. During this consultation, you can get tailored advice for your unique dental situation. There may be circumstances where there are no viable workarounds though, like if:

  • The implant is situated close to the malocclusion (under certain conditions)
  • More than two teeth are implants (not always a dealbreaker, but sometimes can be)
  • Little to no natural teeth are left

Implants can’t be moved, but this is not a limiting factor, as the rest of the teeth that needed to be moved, will be. Aligners will work around the implants. To arrange this procedure, schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced licensed orthodontist. They will have the expertise needed to pinpoint the appropriate treatments needed for your oral health needs.

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Can You Wear

Invisalign Aligners With Veneers?

Invisalign aligners can work with dental veneers if the veneers are strong and well-attached. They often work better than traditional metal braces in this case. This is because orthodontic glue sticks better to natural teeth than veneers. Invisalign aligners are more suitable for moving the teeth gently, especially when compared to ceramic braces or lingual braces that have metal brackets.

Before starting Invisalign, it's usually better to get veneers. Veneers might change your bite. Additionally, if you require specific Invisalign attachments that extend over veneers, aligners may not be an option for you.

It's important to consult your orthodontist for guidance. They will guide you on using Invisalign aligners with dental implants or veneers. This advice is vital for achieving a beautiful smile. For patients with dental bridges, professional guidance is also essential before starting the process of straightening your teeth.

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Will Invisalign Treatment Work with A Bridge?

Invisalign aligners typically work well with dental bridge restorations. Bridges are fixed and do not move, but Invisalign can shift the natural teeth around them.

In some cases, the orthodontist might find that the bridge interferes with the movement of teeth. If so, they may remove the bridge temporarily during the Invisalign treatment. This approach ensures that wearing Invisalign aligners with dental veneers or bridges is effective and does not hinder the straightening process.

Orthodontists usually suggest waiting to install dental bridges until after Invisalign treatment. This advice applies unless there are other important reasons.

However, if you have a dental bridge already, you should talk to your orthodontist. They will guide you on the best steps to take. This approach ensures effective Invisalign treatment for patients with dental bridges.

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Can Invisalign Treatment

Be Used with Missing Teeth?

Aligners are an excellent choice for cases with missing teeth!

If you don't have any dental implants or other tooth restorations, your orthodontist might suggest waiting until after your orthodontic treatment. This is because tooth movement during treatment can affect the outcome.

In cases where there are missing teeth, the orthodontist can use plastic pieces that look like natural teeth. This is a temporary solution that helps until the treatment is done. It fills the gaps and deals with the problem right away.

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In some cases, your orthodontist may recommend having restorative work done before your orthodontic treatment. In any instance, it’s always good to consult a trusted orthodontist to receive an  invaluable second opinion  from an expert, before moving forward with any big, complex, or financially costly decisions.