If you’ve got some missing teeth and you are wondering that can Invisalign still work for me? So, let me tell you that the clear aligners are customized for each unique smile so gaps from missing teeth need to be addressed first.
Can You Get Invisalign with Missing Teeth?
Yes, you can get Invisalign if you have missing teeth. However there are a few important considerations.
Having missing teeth can allow your other teeth to shift or tip into the empty space. This is especially true if teeth have been missing for some time. Significant shifting can limit available space for restorations like dental implants or bridges after Invisalign treatment.
For best results your dentist may recommend replacing missing teeth first before starting Invisalign treatment. This provides a stable foundation for the aligners to work.
If you lost teeth due to gum disease your gums and bone may be compromised. Healthy gums and bone are important for success with Invisalign. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine if you have adequate bone and gums to support movement with aligners.
Options for Missing Teeth Replacement
Some options to replace missing teeth before Invisalign include:
Titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone that fuse to the bone over 3-6 months. After healing a crown is attached to the implant post.
False teeth cemented to crowns on adjacent natural teeth to fill the gap left by missing teeth.
Removable acrylic and metal devices with false teeth to replace missing teeth.
Caps placed over implants or weakened teeth to strengthen them.
Your dentist will advise the best option for your individual case. Proper sequencing of missing tooth replacement and Invisalign is key for an optimal outcome.
In the end it’s best to discuss your individual dental situation with an Invisalign provider. While missing teeth can pose challenges creative solutions like implants or attachments may allow aligners to work. An experienced orthodontist will evaluate your specific case and determine the best path forward.
Don’t be discouraged if you’re missing a few teeth – with the right plan in place Invisalign could still help you achieve the smile you want.