Posted on 11/15/2019 by First Impressions Orthodontics
When most people have alignment issues with their teeth, it's only natural to consider braces. They are effective and help people to get their naturally beautiful smile back.
What's more, they provide a sense of self-confidence that you can't place a price on. Another effective dental procedure that helps out people who have lost teeth is having dental implants. However, is it possible to get braces once you have had a dental implant? Well, yes and no.
Braces and Dental Implants
For people who have gotten dental implants, it's natural to wonder whether further orthodontic treatment might be possible. However, since the dental implants usually involve a titanium plate being fused to the jawbone, they become impossible to move. In essence, natural teeth are fused to the jawbone using fleshy periodontal ligament. Therefore, they can respond to slight pressure afforded by braces to move.
Because of the immovable nature of the materials used, braces cannot work on dental implants themselves. On the other hand, natural teeth don't follow the same rules. Over time, natural teeth tend to move towards the front. That means the area around the dental implant can be overcrowded and therefore bring about other complications. If the teeth are not properly aligned, it can cause food particles to build up and bring about plaque, cavities and gum diseases.
Therefore, what we can do is use the dental implant as an anchor point for the braces so that we can straighten them up. Since the anchor point cannot move, it becomes the perfect point to move the teeth around so that you can get the perfect smile you deserve. If your natural teeth need to be straightened and you also need a dental implant, we can recommend getting the braces first, then the dental implant later. This will help your teeth to get straightened first and create ample space for the implant to be attached.