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Does Invisalign Affect Dental Implants?

Garnering renown from its near invisible appearance and effectiveness in correcting misaligned smiles, Invisalign has become a modern phenomenon, as its results are usually achieved quicker. As a result, the past few years have seen an absolute explosion of patients, both young and old, investing in Invisalign to achieve their ideal smile.

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Like all things pertaining to dentistry, it’s important to recognize that there’s no one size fits all solution for every issue. All our smiles are completely unique and thus, Invisalign could be a perfect fit for you but ineffective on the next patient.

That’s why dental professionals take every circumstance facing your smile into consideration before committing to any solution. One of these common factors your dentist will take into account when considering Invisalign is if you’ve ever had any dental implants installed.

What’s the Big Deal?

Dental implants are permanently fused into the patient’s jawbone with a titanium post and sturdy artificial tooth or teeth atop. These false teeth are extremely resilient, immune to decay and infection and seldom shift position like their natural counterparts.

This design lies in stark contrast to the mechanism behind orthodontics like Invisalign or braces. As the former’s clear retainers and the latter’s brackets exert pressure when placed throughout the teeth to shift their position into a more desirable placement. As you’ve probably pieced together by now, implants are immobile!

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What’s the Verdict?

With the picture being painted a bit clearer, it’s now understandable why this may be a concern for those contemplating a new smile through Invisalign. While every case is different, generally speaking, Invisalign can still be utilized!

Ideally speaking, it’s recommended that patients invest in orthodontics like braces or Invisalign before they undergo a dental implant. It’s easier for both the patient and professional to have the tooth in question properly shifted first and then removed and replaced instead of the other way around. Yet, for many cases it still remains a possibility.

Since Invisalign consists of custom plastic trays which are frequently swapped out to perfectly match the shifting position of the teeth, the location of a dental implant along the teeth is taken into consideration! The aligners will effectively work around the artificial tooth or teeth, and target the natural teeth capable of movement. Of course, this can only be achieved through a trusted dental professional well versed in Invisalign!

But Wait, There’s More

It's important to note, that while Invisalign and its aligners are designed to specifically target a few regions of the smile at a time, there are circumstances where the presence of implants stand in the way of Invisalign’s effectiveness, leading to further consideration or other alternatives becoming more viable. These include;

  • Having a plethora of dental implants all throughout the mouth, with little to no natural teeth left.
  • The implant is located in tight proximity to a particular type of malocclusion (misalignment).
  • Two or more teeth are implants (especially in close proximity). This is not a guaranteed issue, but it can be troubling.

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