Can You Get Invisalign With Missing Teeth?

Having perfectly straight teeth doesn’t come naturally to millions of Americans. But if you don’t want to go through the awkward phase of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may offer a more discreet route.

Invisalign is a type of tooth-straightening that involves wearing a set of clear aligners, which slowly pull your teeth into their most optimal position.

But if you are also struggling with missing teeth, and alignment problems, can you get Invisalign? Find out the answer in this short blog post from Fremont Family Dentistry.

How Does Invisalign Work If You Have Missing Teeth?

For starters, you can get Invisalign and even other types of tooth-straightening treatments even if you have missing teeth.

If you’re dealing with both missing teeth and alignment issues, your desist will likely recommend fixing the alignment before you opt for implants or other types of dental restoration procedures. This can depend on the location of the missing tooth, however, as well as the type of alignment problems you are facing.

But a lot of the time, the missing teeth may be the tooth alignment problem in the first place or at least exacerbate it. When a tooth is missing, the nearby ones can shift into the gap, especially if you lost your tooth a long time ago.

As a result, wearing your Invisalign aligners can put the teeth back into their natural position, and then give the dentist the proper placement for the dental implant. It can be possible to wear Invisalign even after getting an implant because this artificial tooth will function just like a natural one, so it will always shift position thanks to the aligners.

What Can Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign trays are an excellent choice to treat a variety of dental concerns, such as:

  • Crooked tooth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Some types of overbites and underbites

However, for more severe issues with tooth alignment, the traditional metal braces are still the better approach. For example, if you have a severe overbite, the orthodontist may first recommend wearing metal braces at the beginning of your treatment.

As the overbite diminishes, you may then move over to Invisalign to complete your treatment.

Additionally, patients who struggle with other oral health issues such as cavities or gum disease will need to address these conditions before they can get Invisalign treatment.

Get a Personalized Path to Perfectly Straight Teeth in Fremont

Unfortunately, straightening your teeth is not as easy as simply choosing Invisalign. Current dental health issues and previous dental work like crowns and bridges can complicate the process.

But Dr. Adam Lamprecht will create a personalized treatment plan to allow you to get perfectly straight teeth, even if you’re currently missing a few teeth or are dealing with other oral health issues.

You can book a consultation at Fremont Family Dentistry in Fremont to get started. Need more information? Call us at (402) 721-0488 today!

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