With the rise in popularity of makeovers, we are seeing many more adult patients interested in taking steps to have the smiles they’ve always wanted. Procedures can be as simple as tooth whitening or involve major enhancements such as dental implants or braces. If you need to replace missing teeth as well as straighten out your existing teeth, does it really matter which step you do first? The answer is yes.
The technology behind braces involves applying gentle forces to the teeth to direct them into their proper positioning. Depending on the type of braces and the severity of the malocclusion (misalignment) this phase typically takes about two years.
Dental implants provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth that is attached to your jawbone using a titanium post. The surrounding bone eventually grows around this post and the implant will look and act just like your natural tooth once the area is completely healed.
Treatment with braces is successful because the teeth are able to adapt to their new positions as the supporting bone and ligaments move too. A dental implant, however, cannot move like a natural tooth and it will always be in the position that it was initially implanted in. Since an implant can’t yield to the force created by braces, it is best to undergo orthodontic treatment prior to receiving dental implants.
If you desire a combination of dental implants and orthodontic treatment to achieve your dream smile, we are happy to be on the same team with your orthodontist to help you reach your smile goals. For patients just beginning the process who do not have an orthodontist selected yet, we would be happy to refer you to highly-qualified ones in our area who we have enjoyed working with for many years. Contact Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants today to start working on your new smile.