For those with teeth alignment issues, braces seem like the natural solution to the problem. This is only part of the solution, though, if the shifting teeth and alignment issues are the result of or in conjunction with missing teeth. Fortunately, braces, with the help of dental implants, can help remedy the issue can give you an attractive smile. The following answers can help you better understand the process when you need both braces and implants.

Question #1: Should you have braces or implants installed first?

Answer: Unlike your natural teeth, implants won't move once they are installed. They are firmly anchored into your jaw bone. For this reason, it is best to first have your teeth aligned with the braces. Your dentist may put in a temporary bridge with a temporary crown to fill the spaces where there are missing teeth. This is only to help ensure the natural teeth align correctly around the space where the eventual implant will be placed. This bridge may also provide a connection point for some of the braces hardware.

Question #2: Can you use invisible braces with missing teeth?

Answer: Invisible braces use a series of trays that are molded to your teeth. Each tray forces the teeth slightly more into alignment, until you get to the final tray in your series. Since these braces depend upon an imprint of your current teeth to create the molds for the trays, missing teeth aren't usually an issue. Keep in mind that not all alignment issues can be fixed with invisible braces. More severe problems may require the heavier hardware used for traditional braces.

Question #3: When should the implants be placed?

Answer: Generally, your dentist will probably wait until after your orthodontic treatment is complete. This ensures that there is no more movement going on in the mouth, which could affect the implant. Your dentist may even recommend a short rest period after the braces are removed to ensure your teeth don't begin shifting again. Once your dentist gives the go-ahead, you will first have the implant post placed into your jaw bone. The final crown will be placed on the implant after the bone and gums have healed around the post. If you are wearing a retainer during this period, as many do for a time after the braces are removed, your retainer may need to be restructured or rebuilt so it doesn't apply pressure to the new implant and crown.

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