Can I use Invisalign if I’m missing teeth?

By April 16, 2010 November 30th, 2018 Invisalign

I should have had braces when I was a child, because my bottom teeth are terribly crooked. Also, my bottom left back molar, and two bicuspids that were still baby teeth, had to be removed.

I’ve been considering getting Invisalign, but I’m not sure if it will work if I have missing teeth. I really don’t want to have the traditional braces now that I’m older. Also, I’m concerned that I may need dental implants to fill the gaps where those teeth were pulled.

Another concern is my underbite and the lack of space between my top and bottom teeth. Can this be corrected with Invisalign too?

Jessica from St. Louis

Jessica,

There are a couple things that may prevent you from using Invisalign, excluding missing teeth. Invisalign works fine with missing teeth. In cases when there is an underbite and/or severe crowding, Invisalign may be difficult to use.

Some dentists are willing to use Invisalign on patients who have crowded teeth, while orthodontists may be more conservative. Orthodontists tend to shy away from new technology, because they have been trained to work with brackets and wire.

Before making any decisions, do your research by visiting a few Invisalign general dentists and see what they recommend to you. And if you do decide to go with a general dentist, all cases are required to be supervised by orthodontists who are on staff at Invisalign headquarters.

Depending on the difficulty of your case, and the positions of your teeth, Invisalign may close the spaces in your lower jaw, and it could help move your upper teeth out without the need for replacing those missing teeth.

I wish you the best!