Combining surgeries is a wonderful choice if you are ready to discuss different cosmetic dental problems and want to achieve your goals as soon as possible. But some treatments are more easily combined than others. The following are the most popular and must be completed in a specified order. To learn more, you should consult a Wichita Falls cosmetic dentist today.
When teeth straightening is needed.
Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for teeth straightening. This approach can be combined with other methods, but it takes time. Straightening teeth is usually done first because it takes longer than other dental treatments. In some circumstances, however, additional cosmetic dental treatment can be performed while using Invisalign transparent aligners, such as:
- Missing teeth
During Invisalign treatment, work to prepare the gums and jawbone for dental implants may begin. When your teeth are straightened, the surrounding gum and bone might become healthy enough to accept the implant.
- Teeth whitening
For the final two weeks of treatment, a professional quality at-home teeth whitener can be combined with the Invisalign aligner trays to achieve straight, brightly shining teeth.
After completing Invisalign, you can proceed with other cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers or bonding to repair worn down or badly stained or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers can treat minor crooked, misaligned, or gapped teeth.
When it is necessary to replace one or more teeth
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or support bridges and dentures that replace multiple teeth. As previously stated, this may be achievable if you still have most of your teeth and wish to straighten them first, depending on the condition of your gums and their health. Otherwise, the following cosmetic procedures might be performed either before or after the implant(s) are placed:
- Teeth whitening
Before having your implant crown color-matched, whiten your natural teeth. This way, you will have a naturally brighter smile after your implant is in place. It should be noted that restorations such as veneers and crowns cannot be whitened later.
- Veneers, crowns, and bonding
When your teeth have been whitened and implants have been installed, you can treat other issues, such as severe discoloration resistant to whitening or damage to the structure of your natural teeth. This can be achieved using porcelain veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.
If your teeth are only slightly misaligned or crooked, you may prefer veneer treatment over orthodontic treatment. For best results, consult an experienced dentist.