A smile is one of the first things you notice when you meet new people. A great smile can help you feel good about yourself and boost your self-confidence. If you have crooked or chipped teeth or are missing any teeth, it can damage your self-esteem. Fortunately, dentists can fix these issues by improving your smile through dental treatments.

Two popular dental treatments to improve your teeth are Invisalign and dental implants. These solutions work together to create the smile you’ve always wanted.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a way to straighten teeth using removable and transparent trays instead of traditional metal braces and wires. The aligner is made from flexible thermoplastic material designed for your unique case and precisely moves your teeth into their correct positions. Invisalign is just as effective as braces while being less noticeable.

Invisalign offers many benefits over traditional braces to help straighten your teeth. With Invisalign, you have more flexibility and comfort with removing the aligner temporarily to allow you to eat and drink what you please. Invisalign also hides your dental treatment. You’ll also reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

What are Dental Implants?scranton pa dental implants

Losing a tooth is a common problem for many people. Not only does this loss leave a noticeable gap, but it can lead to oral health problems. Replacing missing teeth is essential to help you speak, support your facial muscles, prevent bone loss, and help you chew efficiently.

Dental implants replace missing teeth through a minor surgical procedure. The procedure involves placing a post in your jawbone that replaces the missing tooth’s root. Once the implant heals, your dentist will cover the implant with a permanent acrylic dental crown.

Dental Implants or Invisalign First?

Invisalign and dental implants, when used together, can help straighten your teeth and fill in any missing gaps to complete your smile makeover. Both treatments, however, can’t be completed at the same time. If only looking to improve your smile, start with Invisalign over dental implants.

Invisalign requires the teeth to be able to move. Dental implants are unable to move. The implants could prevent the other teeth in your mouth from correcting their positions.

Once your straightening process with Invisalign is complete, you place the dental implant, giving you a perfect smile.

Contact Loren J. Grossman & Steven Hippeli General & Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about dental implants and Invisalign.

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