You’ve undergone some previous dental work, and now you’re considering Invisalign in Orange. How does treatment work, and can it be used if you’ve received crowns, bridges or veneers in the past? Continue reading to get the details you need so you can determine what’s the best route to take for straightening your teeth!
How Invisalign Works
While it’s able to provide the same results as traditional braces, Invisalign offers a far more discreet means of bite correction. Instead of metal brackets and wires, treatment with Invisalign consists of a series of custom designed BPA-free, clear-plastic trays being worn in two-week increments. Similar to braces, though, Invisalign moves teeth by applying pressure. To determine whether treatment works with crowns, bridges or veneers, it’s necessary to understand how each form of restoration responds to the force applied by Invisalign.
Crowns and Invisalign
A crown is used to restore a badly damaged, cracked, discolored or missing teeth. Typically made from high-grade ceramics, it is bonded into position with the aid of dental cement. To be on the safe side, it’s best to have any orthodontic treatment completed before having a crown placed, as the force applied from Invisalign clear braces could cause the crown to unseat or dislodge.
Bridges and Invisalign
A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns that are bonded together as a single apparatus. This form of restoration is used when there are consecutive teeth missing. It’s secured by being cemented to a dental crown on each side of the restoration. Like a single crown, having pressure applied from Invisalign could become problematic, causing the bridge to unseat.
Veneers and Invisalign
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom designed to blend with your other teeth to create an aesthetically pleasing smile. While crowns and bridges can be considered as both restorative and cosmetic procedures, veneers are primarily cosmetic.
Once the dentist prepares the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and bite impressions are taken, a set of permanent veneers in Orange can be crafted by a local lab. When they arrive, they are permanently bonded into position.
Like crowns and bridges, it’s a much better idea to have your veneers placed after you’ve completed orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about any shifting, dislodging or other issues that could reverse the results of your previous dental work.
Because all smiles are different, start by visiting a cosmetic dentist in Orange. Therefore, you can know for sure whether you’re eligible. With the right plan and execution, you can enjoy the smile of your dreams!
About the Author
Dr. Renu Michelsen earned her dental degree from the University of the Pacific Art A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Throughout her career, she has remained an avid learner, taking several hours of continued education from SPEAR Education and other institutions. Dr. Michelsen offers Invisalign, CEREC one-visit crowns and a host of other treatment options at Michelsen Dental, and she can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through her website.