Can I Get Braces with Missing Teeth?
Many people suffer from poor oral health. Which is unfortunate because oral health affects us both physically and psychologically and affects how we talk, chew, grow, enjoy life, and otherwise lead our lives.
This means that low levels of oral health can decrease quality of life. Many people suffer from poor oral health due to crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, misaligned teeth, and misspaced teeth.
For these people, orthodontic treatment is needed.
So, Can I Get Braces with Missing Teeth?
One of the most popular and effective orthodontic treatments currently available is braces.
But often, patients who need braces also suffer from other oral health issues, such as missing teeth. Which can lead them to the question, “Can someone with missing teeth still have braces?”
Normally, the answer is “yes”. Missing teeth may make it more challenging to attach and adjust braces, but successful orthodontic treatment is still possible.
If a patient needs braces and plans to replace their missing teeth, it is common practice to do the straightening first, giving the replacement teeth a perfectly spaced gap in which to be placed.
The missing teeth can be an embarrassing and physically damaging problem for some patients. When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth have the potential to shift into the resulting space.
This can cause some real orthodontic and oral health problems and can often lead to losing even more teeth.
Here, orthodontic treatment plays a significant role in correcting and preventing this problem from happening or fixing tooth and gum problems that may have occurred as a result of missing teeth.
What We Do in Port Macquarie
Conventional metal braces
These are often called traditional braces. They are easy to detect and give the “train track” look.
Today, these types of braces are smaller, making them less noticeable and more comfortable than before.
The Invisalign® clear aligner is a virtually invisible and a hygienic approach to straighten teeth.
Invisalign® treatment uses the SMARTForce Technology to create a series of custom-made removable aligners.
Merely wear these clear aligners, made of virtually invisible material, over your teeth to move them to the ideal position gradually.
Fastbraces® were made to straighten teeth differently.
This is a system of fast, safe, easy and affordable braces that is changing the field of orthodontic dentistry.
It is a non-extraction system, in most cases, which provides patients with outstanding results.
Traditional braces move teeth in several stages. Firstly, moving the crown and then the root.
However, the brackets used with Fastbraces® work on a different mechanical principle, positioning the root of the tooth, from the beginning of treatment.
Misaligned teeth are not just a smudge on your smile; they are also a dental issue for people of any age. Historically, these problems were addressed in childhood and adolescence.
At this time the permanent teeth were present, but the skull and bones were still growing and more easily altered.
Over time, orthodontic treatment, including braces has become more and more popular with adults looking to enhance their smiles or the dental issues associated with them.
And as patients get older, they are more likely to have missing teeth. Nearly 7% of Australians are missing all their teeth!
Happily, most Australians are not in that poorly off, and instead, lack one or two teeth. But even one or two missing teeth can be a major problem.
The space left by a lost tooth gives nearby teeth the opportunity to gradually move into the gap. This is unattractive and can lead to problems with hygiene and health.
Fortunately, braces can help patients with gaps in their smiles, while also treating alignment problems that are related to the missing tooth itself.
Even better, when braces are planned carefully, they can make it much easier to permanently replace missing teeth.
Braces as Orthodontic Solutions
Tooth straightening and replacement can be planned together for better results, which is why a great first step towards a successful treatment plan is to have a consultation with Port Macquarie Dental Centre.
If you have missing teeth, Port Macquarie Dental Centre accounts for that in all the dental planning we do, including for braces.
As we work to align your teeth, we will leave precisely the space necessary to place the dental replacement of your choice. We will also inform you of any future treatments that might be called for.
Depending on your particular case, closed or open coils will be placed before your braces are installed. This lets your teeth shift according to the details of your treatment plan while ensuring there is space left for restoration of your lost tooth.
What does this mean? That braces not only fix alignment issues for patients with crooked teeth but if those patients also have missing teeth the braces can make replacement far easier and often more inexpensive.
If you have alignment issues and/or missing teeth, you should plan a consultation with Port Macquarie Dental Centre.
We work with you to build an orthodontic plan that takes into consideration your absent teeth, other dental issues, and how you plan to replace your missing teeth.
A straight smile – with new teeth
Once braces have straightened your teeth, it is time to go forward with the replacement of any missing teeth. Replacement can be accomplished using partial dentures, bridgework, or implants.
You will likely need to wear retainers; just as most orthodontic patients do. The complete treatment can be longish – particularly if you choose dental implants as your replacement, as implants can take months to complete, added on to the time of orthodontic treatment. However, the wait is worth it, and you are never too old to have the smile you deserve!
And at Port Macquarie Dental Centre, if you have misaligned and missing teeth, we have the treatments to repair and replace them!
Port Macquarie Dental Centre Cares!
Port Macquarie Dental Centre is small inviting practice conveniently located at 38 Buller Street, Port Macquarie.
We also offer onsite car parking for your convenience. Also, for your convenience, we offer weekday hours until 6 pm.
We are the longest established dental clinic in Port Macquarie area, having been at the same location over 50 years.
Our focus is on prevention of dental issues and creating a healthy mouth that supports dental and general health.
Our principal dentist is Dr Dominic Chung BDS has 16 years of experience in comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He also has special interests in oral surgery, particularly in wisdom tooth extraction and implant dentistry. He regularly attends seminars to ensure he is updated with the most current dental skills and knowledge.
Orthodontics in Port Macquarie
We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.