Dr. Cynthia Wong is proud to say her Orland Park orthodontic clinic provides treatment to adult patients. Many people find that Invisalign and other retainers greatly assist their confidence and self-esteem. But adults also tend to have more complicated dental histories than children and may wonder how orthodontics will interact with prosthetic teeth.
Artificial crowns and bridges can be removed for the purposes of realignment, but implants are titanium screwed into bone. Nothing is going to move that! On the other hand, an implant can be a very useful anchor for moving other teeth. Usually, if a patient wants an implant but doesn’t have one yet, it is best to wait until after orthodontic treatment is finished or nearly finished to place it. There may not even be room for the implant before the other teeth have been moved into place. But an exception occurs if the implant can be placed in the ideal position early in the process and then be used as an alternative anchoring point for the arch. If the implant-supported crown is not going to be one of the teeth targeted for treatment, it may not matter as much at which point it is placed, but every case is unique.