How Braces and Dental Implants Work Together

What do braces have to do with dental implants? How do they work together? Can you get braces with implants? Are there any benefits to using them together?

Dental implants are permanent restorations that replace a missing tooth – they look, feel and perform like natural teeth. Meanwhile, braces are dental appliances that are designed to straighten your teeth.

Learn the following four essential details about braces and dental implants:

1. Braces Before Dental Implants Attached
2. Braces After Dental Implants Attached
3. How Do Braces and Dental Implants Work Together?
4. How Do Invisible Braces Work with Implants?

Let's look into each detail below.



1. Braces Before Dental Implants Attached
It is always recommended to do orthodontic treatment before getting dental implants (fake teeth). This is because braces will allow your teeth to gradually move and fix your teeth alignment. Once your teeth are aligned, implants can be placed without looking out of place.

2. Braces After Dental Implants Attached
You can still wear braces after you get an implant (fake teeth). However, it is more likely that your natural teeth will move but your implant will stay in the same position as it is attached and fixed to the bone. Getting braces with a dental implant will have no adverse effect on your natural teeth.

3. How Do Braces and Dental Implants Work Together?
An implant (fake teeth) won’t affect your ability to receive braces treatment – only in certain cases where the teeth surrounding the implant are not designed for orthodontic treatment. If your implant is being placed at the back of your mouth, you can proceed with the implant before the braces.

As we age, our teeth tend to crowd more towards the front. This implies that the non-movable implant may begin to appear out of place over time. If an implant is positioned appropriately compared to the other teeth, braces can be used to move the teeth around it.

If your implant is not in the ideal position, it will look out of place once the rest of your teeth are aligned. In that case, you either can elect to have a slightly less than perfect smile, or to remove the implant, receive the orthodontic treatment, and replace the implant at the end of the treatment.

4. How Do Invisible Braces Work with Implants?
If you plan on using aligners instead of metal braces, the same still applies. You will be advised to go through the orthodontic treatment first, then only the dentist will apply the fitted implant in a more inner position, allowing your natural teeth to adjust to the positioning of your implant when wearing invisible braces.

It is recommended that you seek advice from both the dentist and orthodontist as to what you’re looking for, so they can tailor treatment needs for you. Get your free smile consultation now.

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