Losing molars or other teeth can be a daunting experience, especially if you still crave the benefits of a straighter smile. If you find yourself in this situation, you’re probably wondering if Invisalign® treatment is a viable option. The straightforward answer is yes, but there’s a bit more to it. Keep reading, where we address the most common questions about Invisalign and missing teeth.
Understanding Tooth Loss
Firstly, let’s recognize that tooth loss is a widespread issue. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can occur due to various reasons, including injuries, gum disease, tooth decay, genetic factors, or orthodontic-related tooth extractions. Regardless of the cause, missing teeth can affect your ability to eat, speak, and even lead to shifting adjacent teeth, causing misalignment.
Invisalign and Missing Teeth
Now, the pressing question: Can you undergo Invisalign treatment if you have missing teeth? The answer is yes. However, it’s crucial to understand that Invisalign alone isn’t a complete tooth replacement solution. It can be employed alongside other restorative treatments to address the gap left by missing teeth. Before proceeding with Invisalign or any teeth-straightening procedure, a comprehensive consultation to explore options for addressing missing teeth is essential. That said, Invisalign can play a pivotal role in repositioning your natural teeth, creating the necessary space for a replacement tooth.
Invisalign with Dental Implants
If you’re considering dental implants to replace a missing tooth, you might be wondering about the compatibility of Invisalign with an implant. Dental implants are different from natural teeth as they are fixed to the bone and cannot be moved like natural teeth. Ideally, Invisalign treatment should come before dental implants, ensuring your teeth are in their final position before the implant is placed. However, there are scenarios where Invisalign treatment can be combined with an existing implant or crown.
First Step: The Consultation
The smarted approach to finding out if Invisalign is a good option for you if you’re missing a tooth or teeth, is to schedule a free consultation with us. During this consultation, we can discuss all available options and collaborate with your dentist to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your missing teeth, as well as the rest of your orthodontic needs.
Smile Transformation with Invisalign
Love Orthodontics takes pride in offering Invisalign as an excellent treatment option for our patients. Dr. Grewal and our dedicated staff are here to address your questions, guide you through your options, and help you make an informed decision regarding your orthodontic journey. If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, contact us today to schedule your free Invisalign consultation and take the first step toward a more confident and aligned smile.