Invisalign is one of the most popular options available for straightening crooked teeth. It’s effective in a wide variety of situations, from gaps to underbites to overbites, and many more. If you’ve been considering Invisalign treatment, you might be hooked on the idea that you could straighten your smile without having a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Or perhaps you like the thought of being able to eat anything you want during orthodontic treatment. There are lots of perks to Invisalign treatment, but only a dentist can determine if it’s right for you. There may be some issues to consider, such as the existence of prior restorations, like dental crowns.
According to the Invisalign company, “Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment.” The crown caps the remainder of the natural tooth, and so it can be gently guided to a new position, just like an unrestored, natural tooth. However, certain precautions may be in order. Your dentist will carefully evaluate the crown, and might decide to tweak your treatment plan so that the tooth with the crown is manipulated a little more slowly than the rest of your smile.
In some cases, the location of the tooth with the crown can also be a factor in planning the Invisalign treatment. Some patients need attachments, which are very small, tooth-colored attachments that are bonded directly to a tooth. They remain there for the duration of the Invisalign treatment. Their purpose is to provide more focused guidance, enabling the Invisalign aligners to more effectively manipulate the movement of the teeth.
It may be more difficult to bond an attachment to a crown compared to a natural tooth. Your cosmetic dentist will consider this possibility, and will try to adjust your treatment accordingly.
Only your dentist can answer this question, as the answer is highly dependent on factors that are unique to your situation. If you’re thinking about getting a crown because the tooth is discolored, asymmetrical, or mildly chipped, then it’s probably best to wait to get this restoration until after your Invisalign treatment is complete. In other words, cosmetic restorations can wait a little while.
But if you need a crown because of extensive tooth decay or infection that requires a root canal, then you should get the crown first. Your medical needs should take priority over cosmetic needs.
There is no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to cosmetic dentistry makeovers. You need a complete evaluation and personalized recommendations to achieve your goals for your smile. Schedule your one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, and we’ll develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of. Call our Rocky Point location at 631.296.0602 or our South Huntington location at 631.228.8308 today to request your smile evaluation.
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