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will invisalign work after gum bone grafts?

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Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Orthodonic therapy regardless of the type can be utilized after bone grafting procedures. Be careful that your appliances don't damage the tissues if the bone graft site is relatively new.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
Yes: As long as the teeth and gums are healthy, invisilign can be a good alternative to conventional orthodontics. If you're needing gum and / or bone grafting then there is either significant recession or gum disease which needs to be treated and monitored closely during the orthodontic phase of your treatment. Make sure you have cleanings every 3 months during your invisilign treatment.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Invisalign: Yes, you can do invisalign after grafting but some considerations will be needed to get a good result. Not to mention that there is the risk of having to re-graft. It really depends on your specific circumstance which can't be diagnosed without an exam. There may be some huge benefits that out way the risks. Discuss options with an orthodontist or dentist.
Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Maybe, but: Be very careful about using invisalign or having any orthodontic work if you needed gingival grafting. This kind of grafting is often necessary because your teeth do not have sufficient bone around them. A consultation with an orthodontist is important. If invisalign is indicated, it should only be done under the care of your specialist.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Invisalign will work after having gum grafts as long as the gum grafts have fully healed.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Orthodontics 36 years experience
Ask periodontist: If you have had periodontal treatment, please have your periodontist evaluate your current situation before beginning any type of orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Periodontics 24 years experience
Yes, but...: Invisilign movement of teeth works after gum grafts and bone grafts. Depending on which one you have, it can be weeks or months. Generally 8 weeks following gum tissue grafts is an acceptable time to begin tooth movement. If you had bone grafts due to periodontal disease or tooth removal, you may want to wait 6 months or more. I hope this helps.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Yes: Although it may be prudent to move the teeth first and then do the bone graft. Know that braces are still the gold standard for tooth movement, but clear aligner therapy may be successful for you. Your overall treatment program should be coordinated between your restorative Dentist, a Periodontal specialist, and a specialist Orthodontist.

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Last updated Jun 2, 2020

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