Hi Doctor Kamel,
I have a few crooked teeth caused by not replacing missing teeth as early as I should have. Later on I got a couple of dental bridges to fill in the spaces where my teeth were missing. But now I wish I could straighten my other teeth. Is it possible to get Invisalign braces if I have bridges on my teeth, or will it damage my smile?
Being that you have already invested in a couple of dental bridges, I can understand why you want to make sure an option like Invisalign won’t damage the treatment you have already spent your money on. Many people worry whether or not braces can pull their crowns or bridges off – and although the treatment needs to be done very carefully, Invisalign is one of the best ways to straighten your teeth if you have restorations like bridges and crowns.
Gentle Tooth Movement with Invisalign treatment
When we assess your bite for Invisalign treatment, we use computer imaging to simulate what your tooth movement will look like. This allows me to pinpoint exactly where we want Invisalign braces to place pressure on your teeth. That way we can limit the extent of force that your bridges are exposed to. With traditional braces we wouldn’t really be able to do this, so it’s actually safer for your bridge if you get Invisalign instead of conventional orthodontics.
Being that your bridge is 3 (or 4) teeth fused together, we will use Invisalign to move them as a whole. Most likely, the bridged teeth will only be slightly altered, and we will bring the surrounding teeth into alignment with them. That way you can still enjoy a straighter smile, without compromising the integrity of the bridges in your mouth.
Invisalign with Bridges and Crowns
As with any other type of dental treatment including veneers, bridges and crowns I will take into account each and every tooth structure prior to recommending or starting Invisalign treatment for your smile. We want to be sure that your bridged teeth are healthy enough for Invisalign, and that you are committed to wearing your aligners as prescribed.
Each set of aligners will apply a mild to moderate amount of pressure to your teeth. Although you will feel the pressure, it is not enough to damage your bridge to the point of making it pop off or break. Remember, your bridge is designed to withstand normal chewing functions each day! When I make careful calculations, we can still realign your bridge and underlying teeth without compromising their integrity.
Jim, I think it’s great that you’re still considering Invisalign even though you have had dental bridges done in the past. Invisalign is great for helping you correct the alignment of teeth that are crooked due to tooth loss. We can safely use Invisalign whether you have bridges, crowns, veneers, or similar types of restorations.
The treatment will use mild pressure, so that you don’t have to worry about your bridge breaking. We will carefully formulate your treatment plan inside of our computer software to make sure everything progresses without complications to your bridge.
Please feel free to come by my office so that we can check your teeth and give you a better idea about straightening a smile that has dental bridges. We will discuss what parts of your bite you want to change the most, and I can give you an estimated duration of how long the Invisalign treatment will take.