I have two congenitally missing lower bicuspids and have grown up with crooked teeth. One of the lower bicuspids had to be pulled because of decay. I’ve spent a lifetime embarrassed about my smile. I don’t think having a mouthful of metal will help with how I feel about my smile. Someone recently told me about Invisalign. I would like to use that but don’t know if it can work around missing teeth. I’ve had an orthodontist say no and a regular dentist say yes. I want to believe the dentist but that may be because I really want a pretty smile. Any advice?
I’ve often found that orthodontists are more conservative with Invisalign because their training is in orthodontics. Dentists who work with Invisalign have invested more time with it and are more comfortable with it. In fact, Invisalign works well around missing teeth. I’d go with your dentist.
There is a hidden benefit to Invisalign as well that you can’t get with orthodontics. The clear aligners that Invisalign uses can also double as teeth whitening trays. This will give you a mini smile makeover while saving you money on teeth whitening.
Once your teeth are in their correct placement, you will want to replace the missing teeth in order to keep them retained in the right place. There are several options in replacing missing teeth, but in your place, I would want dental implants. They are the most like having healthy natural teeth in your mouth again. Talk to your dentist about all the tooth replacement options available to you and you can decide what is best.
Be aware that not every dentist is trained in dental implants. It is possible you’ll have to go to one dentist for your Invisalign or another for your dental implants. A third option is finding a dentist skilled at both. Whichever way you go, you will be able to have the smile you always wanted.
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