Orthodontics with Dental Implants
Dental implants are the tooth replacement that is most like your natural teeth. They look like natural teeth and function like them in almost every way. However, the difference between implants and natural teeth matters when it comes to orthodontics.
Orthodontics moves your teeth by applying pressure. In response to that pressure, your body removes bone from one side of the tooth and builds it up on the other, allowing the tooth to move. This work of removing bone and building it up is influenced by the periodontal ligament–soft tissue that connects the tooth to your jawbone.
A dental implant doesn’t have a periodontal ligament. While pressure can still cause the body to remodel bone, without the activity of the periodontal ligament, the response is much slower, riskier, and with uncertain results.
If you are considering orthodontics and dental implants, it’s best to complete your orthodontic work before getting implants. If you want orthodontic work after getting dental implants, it’s unlikely that your dental implants will move. It’s best to approximate the movement of your implants with new restorations that can alter the visible part while leaving the implant root in place.