Which Comes First…The Implant or the Braces?

Posted by Dr. Maulik Nanavati on Nov 26, 2018 6:26:00 AM

This is another classic "it depends" answer. Every dental implant and orthodontic case is different, with varying conditions, and goals for the outcome.  

Most often, however, it is best to move the teeth to an ideal position (orthodontics) creating the appropriate spaces and anatomy, then place the implant.  

However, it is quite common that dental implants are used as anchors for the orthodontic treatment.  And, in those cases, the implants are placed first.

With that all said, generally speaking, it’s best to complete orthodontic treatment first before implants are placed.

The only exception is if the orthodontic treatment does not involve the teeth surrounding or opposing the implants. For example, some patients only require orthodontic treatment to align the front teeth while the back teeth are not changed. If the patient has a missing tooth in the back, it can be placed earlier. This can be verified by the orthodontist.

The other exception is when a dental implant is placed as an anchor to help the orthodontist with certain teeth movements.

Because everything is done in-house, we at Happy Sapiens Dental Clinic can help design a precise treatment plan from start to finish.

For your particular case, we’ll know which should come first.

I’ll be happy to answer your questions – or have you come in and give you a FREE Dental Implant & Healthy Smile Consultation – without any obligation.  

To schedule a time to come in, call us at 281-671-0824

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