If you are dreaming of the perfect smile with perfectly straight, gleaming white teeth, a cosmetic dentist is the right place to go. A high quality, fully trained cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you on how to achieve the smile you have always wished for.
One of the questions that is often asked is whether, in cases where they are both necessary, you should have Invisalign orthodontic treatment before or after you have dental implants.
Normally, unless there is a very good reason, any permanent work such as implants, veneers, crowns, etc. will be done after the orthodontic work has been completed. The reason for this is because the implant will be permanent and therefore won’t be moved easily, if at all. When you have the dental implants put in place, orthodontic treatment won’t work to move them around afterwards, proving a painful and pointless exercise.
You will normally be advised by your cosmetic dentist to have your Invisalign orthodontic treatment completed first, and then when the smile is perfected as best as it can, the dental implants then be put in place so that the look is completed, and the picture-perfect smile has been achieved.
If you already have dental implants, there is no reason why you couldn’t have other orthodontic treatment done afterwards, such as Invisalign braces, but you must bear in mind that the treatment will have no effect on where or how the implants sit – they won’t be moved as a result of the further treatment. These implants have been screwed into your jawbone with some pretty hefty surgical screws, so you don’t want them to be easily moved.
If you have dental implants already, they can be used as ‘anchors’ as such for the orthodontic treatment to work around, or a space can be left for the implantation work if you are having braces first. It is a discussion that is best worked out with your orthodontist and cosmetic dentist, taking any current dental work you already have into consideration.
If you are considering having any sort of cosmetic dental work done, whether it is Invisalign orthodontic treatment or dental implants, always seek advice from a dental professional beforehand, who will be able to better educate you on the right path to take. A high quality cosmetic dentist will be able to offer you a consultation in which the entirety of your treatment can be discussed, and a plan can be made for the work to go ahead. That’s what they are there for after all!