Adults are increasingly turning to orthodontic treatments to improve their smiles, and Invisalign is a popular choice. But what if you already have dental work such as crowns, bridges, or veneers? Can you still get Invisalign? The answer is yes! Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses transparent, removable aligners (trays) to correct crooked and misaligned teeth. With the gentle and constant pressure of these trays, you can slowly adjust your teeth so that they are aligned correctly. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, comfortable and removable, so you can transform your smile without anyone noticing.
If something happens to any of your restorations while you are wearing Invisalign, your general dentist can perform the necessary repairs or replacements. Invisalign won't cause any problems with this type of restoration because the trays don't stick to the teeth or dentures. But what about moving objects that are attached to the teeth, such as crowns, bridges and veneers? Do these restorations adversely affect eligibility for Invisalign treatment? No, not normally. Your dentist will carefully plan your treatment with your restorations in mind.
It's worth noting that if you decide to undergo Invisalign treatment, your teeth will move at a slower rate if you have bridges or veneers. Although Invisalign is removable, you must use the trays for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure the success of the treatment. Also, keep in mind that if your veneers hide a space between your teeth and you want Invisalign to close the gap, they may need to be removed. Crowns, bridges and veneers may complicate orthodontic treatment a bit, but they are not an absolute contraindication to Invisalign.
If any repairs or adjustments need to be made, your dentist can take care of it before you start Invisalign. With Invisalign, you can achieve a straighter smile without metal cables and brackets being your only solution.