Dear Dr. Kamel,
I just whitened my teeth and had them bonded a year ago. While it improved how my teeth look, I still wish they were straighter. Is it possible to get Invisalign and is it safe to use with a bonded tooth?
Thanks in advance,
I understand how frustrating it can be to invest time or money into your smile and still not like how it looks. Thankfully it is extremely safe to use Invisalign with a bonded tooth.
I’ve helped several people in the same situation as you – taking progressively bigger steps to address the aesthetics and health of their teeth. Sometimes it takes straightening them to get the results that you really want.
Why Invisalign Is Safer than Traditional Braces for Bonded Teeth
Fortunately, the pressure used during Invisalign treatment is much safer to your bonded tooth. Unlike traditional braces, which place specific areas of pressure – Invisalign will apply pressure to the entire tooth.
It’s distributed across the entire surface – making it much less likely that your area of bonding will pop off or break. Instead, the entire tooth moves due to the mild pressure that is applied by the aligner, rotating or moving the whole tooth at one time.
Let’s say for one reason or another that your bonding did break. Invisalign can actually make it much easier for me to fix your tooth. We wouldn’t have to remove any brackets or wires just to apply them again.
Whitening Your Teeth While in Braces
You also mentioned whitening your teeth. I just wanted to let you know that you can continue whitening or touching up your whitening during your treatment with Invisalign.
Sometimes our teeth will pick up stain, which can make your bonding stand out because it doesn’t match the rest of your teeth. You can’t do this with conventional braces, as it would cause uneven whitening due to the brackets and wires in the way. It might even cause your brackets to pop off.
Lindsey, you’ve already invested a lot of time into your smile. Invisalign is a great way to protect that investment. Not only is it safer to use on bonded teeth than traditional braces, but it also makes it easy to repair a tooth should your bonding come off.
Maintaining your smile is also easier, as you can touch up your whitening to keep your bonded tooth area in tune with the overall color of your smile. One of the biggest factors that will determine whether or not your bonding falls off, is the size of the bonding and what part of your tooth it extends onto.
In most cases, bonding is very small, so I don’t think this will be a concern for you. However, I invite you to stop by my office this week if you are free, so that we can look at the tooth and give you a better idea of what the outcome of treatment would look like.