Invisalign: Does It Work with Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers?

September 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — winningsmile @ 3:52 pm
smiling person holding Invisalign

Invisalign began treating smiles in 1997. Since then, they have helped millions of people around the world improve the look of their pearly whites. This treatment is a popular alternative to traditional braces since it’s nearly invisible. This gives patients a more discreet way to fix crooked teeth and bite issues. If you have restorations like dental crowns, bridges, or veneers, you may be wondering if they will get in the way of Invisalign treatment. Read on to learn about how these interact with clear aligners.

Invisalign with Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin shells made from dental-grade porcelain. They are attached to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers require the removal of a thin part of enamel, which is the outermost layer of the tooth. This helps them adhere to your smile better and prevents them from looking bulky.

Fortunately, veneers don’t interfere with Invisalign treatment. Even so, it’s generally recommended to complete the Invisalign process before you have veneers placed. Since veneers are meant to change the current look of your teeth, the veneers may need to be replaced after Invisalign treatment to better match your new smile.

Invisalign with Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are generally used to protect teeth that are severely damaged or decayed. They can also improve the aesthetics of one’s smile by fixing small or misshapen teeth as well as discoloration. Your teeth need to be strong enough to handle the pressure of Invisalign. Your dentist may extend your orthodontic treatment plan so that they can keep an eye on your teeth and how they’re doing to ensure that there aren’t any complications.

Invisalign with a Bridge

Dental bridges are a popular tooth replacement option for consecutive missing pearly whites. They work by bridging the gap between two teeth. These are called abutment teeth and are used to anchor the bridge with a dental crown in the middle.

This may create some issues as far as Invisalign is concerned. Even so, a dental bridge does not necessarily disqualify someone from Invisalign treatment. Your dentist may need to make adjustments, such as splitting the bridge into sections so your teeth can move properly. You may need to get a new bridge following treatment completion.

If you have veneers, crowns, or bridges and want to get Invisalign, speak with your dentist. They will be able to help you determine what the best course of action is to achieve a smile you love!

About the Practice

Winning Smile is here to help people living in Evanston and the surrounding communities care for their pearly whites. Dr. Polly Reese, Dr. Maura Parker, and Dr. Robert Baima take pride in using their skills to improve patients’ oral health. They offer a range of cosmetic dental treatments to make your smile look lovelier, such as Invisalign, dental crowns, and veneers. They can also replace missing teeth with treatments like bridges. To make an appointment or for more information on their services, call Winning Smile at (847) 350-1697 or visit their website.

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