Dental crowns are sturdy restorations for teeth that have been cracked, chipped, discolored, or have received root canal therapy or other treatment. Typically made of porcelain, these crowns can protect teeth for up to 20 years with the right care.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment protocol that relies on custom-fit plastic trays called aligners to shift teeth into their ideal positions. These aligners can be used to correct the vast majority of the issues addressed by conventional metal braces, including underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment allows you to view your virtual treatment plan when you begin so you can observe how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Porcelain veneers are done by cosmetic dentist. They don’t correct bite problems, nor do they correct the position of your teeth. Veneers simply sit on top of your teeth. Done well, this creates a gorgeous and flawless smile that hides imperfections, which may be all you need.
If you realize, however, that you have beautiful teeth, thanks to veneers, but you have misalignment problems that are causing you jaw pain and other oral health issues, you may need to consider Invisalign to align your teeth and bite.
Yes, You Are Still Eligible for Invisalign!
People who have dental crowns are still eligible for Invisalign. Since the crown is bonded to your tooth and covers it, your natural tooth underneath can still be shifted into position just like the rest of your teeth.
Your Invisalign provider will fully assess your smile during your consultation to let you know more about your eligibility for Invisalign based on both the location of your dental crown and what you’d like to correct about your smile.
Invisalign is an excellent option for discreetly correcting a variety of bite and alignment issues with teeth, including gapped teeth, crooked teeth, underbites, and overbites. Since Invisalign is fully removable, you’ll still be able to clean your teeth, including your dental crown, for proper oral hygiene during treatment!
Wearing Invisalign With Dental Crowns
Earlier we learned that dental crowns are not a disqualifier for Invisalign. In most instances, teeth straightening treatment with crowns is not much, if any, different than straightening natural teeth. However, in some cases where an attachment is bonded to the tooth, the crowns might pose more of a challenge. An attachment is a small, tooth-colored dental appliance that is sometimes placed on the surface of the tooth to aid in the Invisalign process. Orthodontists are skilled at placing them, regardless of whether or not the patient has dental crowns, so it is typically not an issue.
Invisalign Works Better With Crowns Than Traditional Braces
Invisalign works better to straighten the teeth of people who have crowns than traditional braces. This is because the brackets for braces need to be bonded to every tooth, which includes teeth with crowns.
While this can be done, the bonding material doesn’t always adhere as well to the crowns as it does the natural teeth. This means that you are more likely to experience loose brackets on the teeth that have crowns. When the brackets are removed, there is the potential to damage the crown, and if the crown is severely damaged, you may need a replacement.
By contrast, Invisalign aligners don’t require bonding attachments to every tooth. This means that if you have crowns on your front teeth or on only a couple teeth, there’s a good chance that those teeth won’t need any attachments or buttons.
Caring For Your Dental Crowns And Invisalign
Caring for your teeth is incredibly important to fight against tooth decay, infection, or disease.
Preventive measures are especially necessary when your teeth are vulnerable during dental treatment.
We recommend brushing and flossing daily and check for any abnormalities or complications. Patients can keep their Invisalign aligners clean by washing them gently and rinsing any time they are removed.
Having a natural-looking dental restoration won’t prevent you from having a dazzling smile. Call us today to find out more about Invisalign and how it can enhance your life.
Are You Thinking About Straightening Your Smile?
Are you an adult or teen who would love to straighten their teeth with Invisalign? At Omni Dental, we offer the best cosmetic dentistry treatment option that is invisible, safe, and comfortable. We can help treat unevenly spaced teeth, crooked teeth, and bite flaws like over, under, and crossbites. And that makes us the best Invisalign dentist in Arlington Heights 😉