Any point in your life is a good time to decide to straighten your teeth, as minimal crowding and dental overlap can improve your oral health in addition to boosting your confidence. The problem is, many adults have restorations like bridges, crowns, and veneers, that they feel could impact their ability to undergo modern orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign. Read on to learn whether you can use clear aligners even if you have restorations and how that process would work.
The Invisalign Process with Restorations
It’s important to remember that every person’s smile and dental health differs, so there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to complex restorative and orthodontic care. However, you can learn more about what the process of undergoing Invisalign would look like if you had a crown, bridge, or veneer to gain a better idea of what to expect below.
Invisalign with Crowns
While fixed traditional braces may not be suitable for smiles with crowns, Invisalign could be a better alternative, as the clear aligners are removable and aren’t adhered to your teeth. The appliance itself won’t damage or cause issues with your restoration, allowing it to shift alongside your surrounding teeth.
Invisalign with Bridges
Bridges are able to replace consecutive missing teeth within the arch with artificial ones. Because Invisalign clear aligners can be designed to fit around your restoration, they can shift your prosthetic along with your other teeth. Plus, because the trays are removable, it’s likely that no alteration of your existing restoration will be necessary for you to start your treatment.
Invisalign with Veneers
Veneers are adhered to the visible surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. So long as these restorations are properly secured to your teeth, they shouldn’t be affected by your Invisalign clear aligners, meaning you can undergo treatment with them.
Will Your Restoration Become Damaged by Invisalign Aligners?
Before you can be deemed a good candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will need to examine your mouth and inspect your restoration before being able to conclude that it won’t become damaged or dislodged during your treatment. The restorations most at-risk of becoming damaged are veneers, as these are only adhered to the front surface of teeth. However, with the proper care and oversight from a professional, your treatment will hopefully go perfectly as planned!
About the Practice
At Homestead Dental, our team is run by two experienced and compassionate dentists, Drs. Andrew Schope and Andrew Cote. Together, their wide breadth of knowledge and skills allows them to offer comprehensive dentistry under one roof, ranging from modern Invisalign treatment to routine preventive care. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 303-224-9400.