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Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. If you read part one of this blog series, you’ll be slightly more informed on what dental implants are and some of their benefits for people who have lost one or multiple teeth either due to aging, periodontal disease, or an injury. If you haven’t read part one, you can do so here. This time, we’re going to talk more about the specifics of how braces and dental implants can work together to get your teeth back to feeling natural and normal again. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the process, or you’re ready to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics today to learn more.

If you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth, there are several options for you: you could either get braces without replacing the tooth, replace the tooth and then get braces, or only get implants and avoid getting braces. It should be noted that you should speak with both your orthodontist and periodontist to see what will work best for you. Keep reading to learn more.

Braces with missing teeth

If you have a missing tooth and need braces, an orthodontist may recommend that you get braces in order to close the gap and restore your natural functionality. If you have several missing teeth, this may not be an option, but if you’re already experiencing overcrowding, it may be the best option. If you’re planning on receiving a dental implant in the future, braces can be applied with space in order maintain that area or even widen it to allow for a dental implant.

The problem with dental implants is they can’t move like regular teeth, the implant is attached to the jaw and doesn’t have ligaments that allow for movement. Because of this, it’s recommended that you have your braces fitted first.

You already have an implant

If you already have a dental implant or are scheduled for dental implant surgery, you should make sure to notify your orthodontist. You should make sure to tell your orthodontist the details of your procedure so that they know when and how they can proceed with your orthodontic treatment.

Often times, as we age, our teeth may begin to crowd toward the front of the mouth. However, if your implant is placed properly, it can be used as an anchor point to move the teeth around it. Dental implants can actually improve the effectiveness or increase the rate at which your teeth move with braces.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are titanium devices used in addition to braces to help teeth move quicker and more efficiently and are more comfortable for the patient. Small screws are placed on the outside of the jaw, between your teeth. They can be used to help teeth that aren’t moving well or can’t be moved in a certain direction. These devices are temporary and allow teeth a fixed point from which they can move.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

Camilo Riano Orthodontics is your Top Rated Local® Dentist & Orthodontics in San Francisco. Our highest priority is to provide you with an efficient and comfortable visit every time. We want you to feel confident that the treatment you’re receiving is the best possible option for you, and when it comes to dental implants, that is no different. Whether you’ve recently lost a tooth, received periodontal treatment, or are thinking of contacting a periodontist, make sure you consult with your orthodontist first. Contact us today if you have any questions or you’re ready to get started!