Invisalign is a common orthodontic treatment option for patients looking for a straighter smile. Even if you've had prior dental work such as veneers, crowns, or implants, Invisalign orthodontic treatment still may be an option for straightening your teeth.
If you have mild crowding, bite issues, or are just looking for a straighter smile, your dentist may recommend Invisalign clear aligners as an orthodontic treatment option to help you achieve a straighter smile.
Because Invisalign is popular with adults, many patients who are considering this treatment have had prior dental work done, including implants, veneers, or crowns. Today our Delta dentists explain a bit more on how prior dental work can impact the use of clear aligners as orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign After Veneers
Dental veneers are custom-made thin, tooth-coloured shells that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Even if you've had veneers put in, or are considering veneers, you can still be a candidate for Invisalign provided your teeth are healthy enough—the aligners will fit over the veneers in the same way they would fit over a natural tooth.
Your dentist will be able to let you know if Invisalign is the right decision for you.
Invisalign After Crowns
If you have bridges or crowns, your dentist will do an assessment to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. For Invisalign clear aligners to be right for you, your teeth should be well-rooted and your crowns should be attached and firmly sealed to your teeth.
If your dentist decides your teeth are suitable for Invisalign, your crowns should not get in the way of creating your Invisalign trays as they are custom-fit to each patient. Your dentist may take an extra step and create a clear attachment to protect the crown and ensure that it remains intact
Invisalign After Dental Implants
In most cases, you will be able to get Invisalign after dental implants. However, whenever possible it is recommended you go through the process of straightening your teeth before the dental implants are put into place.
A dental implant cannot be moved like a regular tooth—it is permanently fixed to your jaw bone. If you have dental implants and are considering Invisalign, your dentist will take this into consideration to determine if clear aligners are suitable for your situation. If you have one or two dental implants, Invisalign treatment can usually be customized to move the teeth adjacent to the implant for a successful outcome. The more dental implants you have, the harder this process becomes.