Gone are the days of metal wires and brackets being your only solution for crooked or misaligned teeth. Now, there are several ways you can achieve a straighter smile. If you’re an adult seeking orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may have caught your eye. It’s a discreet and subtle way to obtain the grin you’ve always wanted. But is it a viable option for people with dental crowns, bridges, or veneers? Continue reading to find out!
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move teeth into more ideal positions. The trays use constant, gentle pressure to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. Each set of aligners are worn for a predetermined amount of time (usually two weeks) before you can advance to the next phase in the series. Although Invisalign is removable, you must wear your trays for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure successful treatment. Most patients prefer this option over traditional metal braces because the aligners are discreet, comfortable, and less restrictive.
Can I Get Invisalign If I Have Dental Restorations?
With Invisalign, you can expect to reap many health and aesthetic benefits. It’s become an increasingly popular treatment option amongst teenagers and adults. However, it’s also very common to have one or two dental restorations like crowns, veneers, and bridges when you’re older. The good news is you can still wear the clear aligners even if you have said restorations. In fact, Invisalign is the ideal solution in these cases because there’s nothing cemented to your teeth.
If you’ve ever had a damaged or decayed tooth, your dentist may have used a dental crown to restore its function. Although they can make it difficult for teeth to move, it’s certainly not impossible. Invisalign won’t cause any issues with this type of restoration because the trays do not adhere to the teeth or prostheses. Your dentist will make sure your dental crown is properly bonded and in optimal condition before starting orthodontic treatment.
Bridges and Veneers
Attaching metal braces to bridges or veneers can damage them because the restorations can’t move properly with orthodontic treatment. Therefore, the clear aligners may be the most suitable option as they’re removable and don’t need to be attached to the restorations. It’s worth noting that if you decide to undergo Invisalign treatment, your teeth will move at a slower pace if you have bridges or veneers.
In short, yes – adults can wear Invisalign with dental restorations. It’s the preferred method for patients with mild orthodontic issues. However, those with more severe cases may benefit from traditional or ceramic braces. If you’re ready to start your journey towards a straighter smile, contact your dentist and ask about their options.
About the Practice
At Polished General Dentistry, we provide exceptional and comprehensive dental services that are guaranteed to meet all your oral health needs. Our skilled and knowledgeable team is passionate about helping patients obtain a smile they can proudly show off. If you wish to have straighter teeth, we can make your dreams come true with Invisalign – even if you have dental restorations! To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (760) 434-9800.