If you are in the process of making over your smile, your plan may include a combination of different treatments such as orthodontics and dental implants. It’s important that these are completed in the proper order if you want results that can last a lifetime.
Orthodontic treatment involves the use of dental appliances such as braces and/or retainers to apply gentle force on your teeth to move them into their correct positions. Braces can be worn for up to two years before you see your desired results.
Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth and look and act just like your natural ones. The implant process takes several months to complete so that the post is properly anchored into your jaw through a process known as osseointegration.
Just because dental implants look and act like real teeth does not mean that they move like real teeth. Because they aren’t attached with ligaments that can be moved, the position the prosthetic is implanted in is the position it will stay in—even if you get braces after.
If you are looking to create the perfect smile that you’ve always wanted, having your treatments in the correct order will help you achieve the best results:
- Have any necessary tooth extractions performed
- Undergo orthodontic treatment such as braces or retainers
- If desired, have teeth whitening or bleaching performed
- Visit the board-certified periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants to have your dental implants placed
Dental implants have the highest success rate when done by a board-certified periodontist who specializes in the procedure. Whether you just want to replace missing teeth or transform your whole smile; set up a consultation to learn how dental implants can improve not only your smile but also your life.