Can I Get Braces If I Have Missing Teeth?
Because of technical and aesthetic improvement, braces are increasingly being used by patients of all ages.
At Norlane Dental Surgery, we’re all for this trend as we want all of our patients to have an attractive smile.
But sometimes, we have patients with multiple dental issues, including missing teeth, and they wonder if this will affect their ability to straighten their teeth.
These worries can be put aside, because not only can braces straighten the teeth of people with missing teeth, they can also make it easier for those people to have their teeth restored eventually.
There are many situations in which orthodontic treatment is recommended for patients with missing teeth.
Why braces are important
Misaligned teeth are more than aesthetically unappealing. They are also unhealthy, leading to oral problems for patients of any age.
Traditionally, misalignment issues are identified during childhood and adolescence and treated at that time.
However, improvements in technology and appearance, mean braces are used more than ever; by adults of all ages, including seniors.
Because of this, braces are the most common dental appliance used to straighten smiles – they can remedy crooked teeth, overcrowding, and gaps. They can also fix bite problems, including underbites and overbites.
But because braces shift the teeth or jaw, many people wonder what effect the lack of some teeth might have on the treatment.
Will teeth shift differently with artificial spaces between them, or will the lack of teeth remove anchors needed to hold braces in place?
Not really. And as we age, the likelihood that we will be missing teeth increases dramatically.
Missing teeth add another dental problem that can reduce dental health, decrease functionality, and reduce the aesthetic appeal of your smile.
Fortunately, your Norlane Dental Surgery dentist can help patients reduce or eliminate their dental misalignment, while at the same time better preparing them for the eventual restoration of missing teeth.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth can twist, tilt, cave, or shift, into the gap left by the missing tooth.
The results of these movements include periodontal, functional, and aesthetic problems, most of which only get worse if left untreated. Braces can prevent or repair this.
Braces can also give your existing teeth proper alignments, which will help your dentist restore your missing teeth when that time comes.
The first step to developing an appropriate strategy of treatment is to schedule a consultation with your Norlane Dental Surgery dentist.
If you have a missing tooth, Norlane Dental Surgery will work their eventual replacement into the design and installation of your braces.
We consider any future treatments and how to design your orthodontic treatment to maximise their chances of success. Depending on your case, an open or closed coil will be placed before your braces are installed.
This lets your teeth shift as the treatment demands while making sure there is space left for restoration of your lost tooth.
Braces not only improve tooth alignment for patients with missing teeth, but they can also make it easier for your Norlane Dental Surgery dentist to replace your missing teeth.
At Norlane Dental Surgery, we work with you to craft an orthodontic plan that takes into consideration your absent tooth or teeth, any other existing dental or health issues, and how you plan to replace your teeth in the future.
This helps us map out a future of improved appearance and better oral health. Braces are used before tooth replacement; after your existing teeth are straightened, you can have your replacement treatment.
A straight smile – with new teeth
After braces have optimised your tooth-alignment, and any other dental issues have been controlled, it is time to go forward with tooth replacement, which can be accomplished by partial dentures, bridgework, or implants.
You will still need to wear retainers, just like most orthodontic patients do.
The course of your treatment can seem long – particularly if you choose braces and dental implants; dental implants can take months to complete, even after orthodontic treatment.
However, it’s worth the wait, and you are never too old to have the smile you want and deserve! At Norlane Dental Surgery, if you have misaligned and missing teeth, we have the treatments to repair and replace them!
Quality Dentistry in Norlane
At Norlane Dental Surgery, we believe everyone deserves the highest quality dentistry, and our goal is to help you receive it.
Norlane Dental Surgery is a multi-surgery practice in operation for over 30 years, taking care of the varied oral health needs of the Norlane community.
At Norlane Dental Surgery, our focus is on providing patients with exceptional general, orthodontic, and Implant dentistry.
We have a particular focus on implants, orthodontics, and smile rejuvenation using veneers, crowns, and bridges, while also dealing with the unexpected dental emergencies we all dread.
If you would like to learn more about us, please contact us now for a consultation.
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If you want to learn more about braces and what they can do to help missing teeth, call us on (03) 5278 2666 or visit us at 124 Sparks Road in Norlane.
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