Dental implant FAQs
Dental Implants and Orthodontics/Braces
Dental implants and orthodontics (braces) commonly cause confusion as to which is better first and can a patient have one if the other has been done. In general, it is perfectly fine to have both in place, and it is possible to have one after having the other first.
Can I get braces if I have dental implants?
If you have previously had dental implants placed, then braces may still be a potential orthodontic treatment. Of course individual circumstances apply and some situations will always differ, but in general braces can be applied if the dental implants have been placed well and are in a good position. The implants are unable to move in the jaw, unlike natural teeth, as they lack periodontal ligaments. Therefore, implants can act as an anchor for braces, benefiting the orthodontics. If the dental implants are in an incorrect position they cannot be moved.
Can I get dental implants if I have braces?
If you currently have braces, but need a dental implant, it is no problem to get the implant once the braces or other orthodontics have run their course. The orthodontics will have positioned your teeth to an optimal position, so can even be slightly modified to ensure room for an implant. This is the ideal way of combining implants and orthodontics as all the teeth will be in the correct position.
I need dental implants and braces, what should I do first?
If you need both orthodontics and dental implants then it is usually recommended to have braces fitted first, to move the current teeth to their desired positioning and ensure room for a dental implant. This also means that the implant is placed in the correct position in the jaw, as once screwed in it cannot be moved.
There are some situations where a dental implant may be a better option first, to act as an anchor for the orthodontics, but this is case dependant.
If you are considering a dental implant and worried that braces may be a problem, then get in contact with us. Our dental implant specialists can help talk you through your needs and a consultation can determine the best course of action.