Invisalign consists of clear aligners used to straighten teeth in lieu of traditional braces. As opposed to metal braces, which must be worn for months or years, Invisalign provides a faster way to straighten teeth by moving them little by little until they rest in the desired position. Each aligner is custom made for your teeth and is worn for two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. Generally, Invisalign is available for anyone who wishes to have their teeth straightened without the use of traditional metal braces. If you have crowns you may wonder if Invisalign will work for you.
Can you get Invisalign if you have a crown?
The answer to that question is yes! Crowns do not hinder the Invisalign process at all. Because the Invisalign aligners are made of clear trays, they do not need to actually bond to your teeth as traditional braces would. Moreover, they are designed uniquely for each patient so they will fit your mouth, crowns and all. However, your dentist may create clear attachments for the teeth to protect the crown and ensure that it remains intact. This process is easy and won’t affect your aligners or the effects of the Invisalign treatment. Before you are fitted for your Invisalign aligners, your dentist will make sure your teeth are rooted soundly, even with the crown (or crowns). In order to work effectively, Invisalign must loosen your teeth in order to gradually move them into the right position. If your crown is sound, then this will not be a problem and your teeth will be able to be moved into their aligned position.
Why choose Invisalign over traditional braces if you have crowned teeth?
Invisalign is perfect for those who are looking to improve misaligned or slightly crooked teeth because the process takes less time than traditional braces. The clear Invisalign trays are hardly noticeable and fit more comfortable in the mouth than metal braces because there are no wires or brackets. Plus, Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth. You’ll also be shown a 3D rendering of how your teeth will look throughout the treatment and what the finished product will be.
Just because you have a crowned tooth (or teeth) doesn’t mean you can’t have a winning smile. Contact us today for more information or to book an appointment for your Invisalign treatment plan.