Many patients in the modern orthodontic office are undergoing orthodontic treatment with the plan to have implants placed into spaces of missing teeth at the conclusion of their treatment. Whether you are missing teeth congenitally (they’ve been missing since birth) or have lost a tooth due to trauma or dental disease, it is a great idea to get that tooth replaced!

While it is possible to place an implant without having braces first, if you have been considering straightening your teeth, the time to do it is before the implant is placed. Unlike teeth, implants do not move! Why is that?

Every natural tooth in your mouth, whether it has a filling, crown, root canal or other work, has an intimate contact to the bone that surrounds its root. When you put pressure on a natural tooth, cells in the bone respond by moving your bone in a way that allows tooth movement! While dental implants are terrific, they have a very different contact with the bones of your jaws and the type of contact the implants have does not allow for them to move through your jaw bones like teeth do.

Functional tooth restoration by next-generation bio-hybrid implant as a bio-hybrid artificial organ replacement therapy. Oshima et. Al

At the beginning of every orthodontic treatment, your orthodontic team will gather a full set of diagnostic records which includes radiographs, models of your teeth and photos of your teeth smile and facial profile. These allow your orthodontist to make an individualized plan for your treatment as well as to communicate with the dentists and surgeons who will be involved in placing your implant to ensure that the movement of your teeth is perfect for your future implant.