A missing tooth has a big impact on your smile and self-confidence. After all, how can you flash your famous grin if there is an obvious gap?
Fortunately, today’s dental practices offer advanced techniques, which include implants, bridgework, crown and removable partial dentures. In some cases, however, orthodontic treatment is necessary before replacement.
Straighten First, Then Replace?
According to MiSmile, a local cosmetic dental practice, if the tooth has been missing for a while, it will gradually drift into the nearby spaces, which takes up the room for the replacement tooth. To keep the teeth from crowding, dentists recommend moving neighbouring teeth back into their correct positions. Also, misaligned teeth require restorative work.
When it comes to straightening with missing teeth, traditional braces help but pose challenges. Good oral hygiene requires extra attention to get rid of that hard-to-reach plaque. With clear aligners, this is not an issue. How it moves teeth provides specific advantages to wearers, particularly the adults.
Oral hygiene is easy; all you have to do is remove the aligners for brushing and flossing. Also, aligners slow down tooth movement, minimising force while protecting loose teeth. For teeth loosened by gum diseases, you may use splints (attached to healthier teeth) to keep them in place during the clear aligner treatment.
Other cosmetic advantages of clear aligners include:
- Easy teeth whitening (if included in smile plan)
- Nearly invisible, concealing the fact that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment
- Aligners conceal gap or spaces from a missing tooth
Straight Smile, New Teeth
Once your teeth reach a favourable alignment, tooth replacement follows. Dentists will still recommend wearing retainers to ensure teeth will not drift back to their original positions before the orthodontic treatment, stabilising teeth in their new positions.
The type of malocclusion you have dictates the type of treatment you require for missing teeth. Always consult your dentist before going ahead with any procedure.