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How will a dental implant work with braces?
26 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
12 doctors agree
In brief: Very Well
The key to implants and braces is the proper order. Move teeth first.
.. Place implants second. Please be sure to wear your retainers for the rest of your life, as the implant and your natural teeth need to remain in the corrected position. Amazingly teeth can move 1 years after braces or 25 years after braces. Protect your orthodontic and implant investment!

In brief: Very Well
The key to implants and braces is the proper order. Move teeth first.
.. Place implants second. Please be sure to wear your retainers for the rest of your life, as the implant and your natural teeth need to remain in the corrected position. Amazingly teeth can move 1 years after braces or 25 years after braces. Protect your orthodontic and implant investment!
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. David Schleimer
Good advice! It is important to remember that an implant that is healthy (osseo-integrated) will not move with orthodontic forces and therefore cannot relapse. The retainers worn are for all other other natural teeth and the relationship of upper to lower teeth functionally.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. Schleimer makes a very good point. Only the natural teeth will move, not the implant.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
6 doctors agree
In brief: Works well with plan
The teeth will need to be moved into the planned positions with braces and then a dental implant can be placed.

In brief: Works well with plan
The teeth will need to be moved into the planned positions with braces and then a dental implant can be placed.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not done together
Generally you would not want to place an implant until all orthodontic work is completed.
Once the teeth are positioned correctly an implant can be placed.

In brief: Not done together
Generally you would not want to place an implant until all orthodontic work is completed.
Once the teeth are positioned correctly an implant can be placed.
Dr. Dale Rottman
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Dental implant
Dental implants are solid in the jaw bone and will not be moved orthodontically .
The other teeth adjacent to the implant may be moved.

In brief: Dental implant
Dental implants are solid in the jaw bone and will not be moved orthodontically .
The other teeth adjacent to the implant may be moved.
Dr. Sharon Perelman
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not moveable
Braces move teeth.
Implants are not moveable. Implants placed when teeth crooked may be ok, or may have to be replaced. Ask your Orthodontic Specialist for your personalized answer..

In brief: Not moveable
Braces move teeth.
Implants are not moveable. Implants placed when teeth crooked may be ok, or may have to be replaced. Ask your Orthodontic Specialist for your personalized answer..
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Perhaps fine
Depending upon your orthodontic needs, the implant may actually assist as an "anchor" support to move your other teeth.
Check with your orthodontist for a treatment plan for your particular implant(s) with braces.

In brief: Perhaps fine
Depending upon your orthodontic needs, the implant may actually assist as an "anchor" support to move your other teeth.
Check with your orthodontist for a treatment plan for your particular implant(s) with braces.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Brian Dorfman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree
In brief: Very Well
The key to this is the treatment plan and timing.
Orthodontic movement should be completed prior to an implant being placed. Once the teeth are moved and the proper size space is created the implant is placed. Implants do not move with orthodontics, so once there are placed, they can't be moved. If they are placed in the incorrect spot, they must be removed and replaced.

In brief: Very Well
The key to this is the treatment plan and timing.
Orthodontic movement should be completed prior to an implant being placed. Once the teeth are moved and the proper size space is created the implant is placed. Implants do not move with orthodontics, so once there are placed, they can't be moved. If they are placed in the incorrect spot, they must be removed and replaced.
Dr. Brian Dorfman
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Dr. Larry Stewart
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree
In brief: Braces first !
Teeth move with orthodontic forces, implants don't.
Get your braces done and at the end of treatment have the orthodontist coordinate implant placement with your oral surgeon and dentist. Wear your retainers!

In brief: Braces first !
Teeth move with orthodontic forces, implants don't.
Get your braces done and at the end of treatment have the orthodontist coordinate implant placement with your oral surgeon and dentist. Wear your retainers!
Dr. Larry Stewart
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Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Esthetic? wait to 22
No doubt dental implants can successfully fill orthodontically planned spaces.
However, in esthetic zones it is best to wait until teeth and gums "mature" to their proper length. (usually in one's early twenties) otherwise, an implant may produce a noticeably different gum height.

In brief: Esthetic? wait to 22
No doubt dental implants can successfully fill orthodontically planned spaces.
However, in esthetic zones it is best to wait until teeth and gums "mature" to their proper length. (usually in one's early twenties) otherwise, an implant may produce a noticeably different gum height.
Dr. Don Millner
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Anchorage
If used to aid in orthodontics these are temporary implants that are placed to provide additional support and anchorage to move teeth.
Once the teeth are moved then they can be removed.

In brief: Anchorage
If used to aid in orthodontics these are temporary implants that are placed to provide additional support and anchorage to move teeth.
Once the teeth are moved then they can be removed.
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Justin Nelson
Dentistry - Pediatric
In brief: Easy
New treatments are to use dental implants as anchorage for movement but a lot of time people are using braces to make room for implants and better placement but if you have an implant already they will have to work around it cuz it will not move with braces.

In brief: Easy
New treatments are to use dental implants as anchorage for movement but a lot of time people are using braces to make room for implants and better placement but if you have an implant already they will have to work around it cuz it will not move with braces.
Dr. Justin Nelson
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Timing
Fine, but implants do not move with braces.
So at your age, do braces first , then implants.

In brief: Timing
Fine, but implants do not move with braces.
So at your age, do braces first , then implants.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice
In brief: Will not work
Dental implants will not move orthodontically.
After healing they are ankylosed to the bone meaning they are attached directly to the bone. Best to do orthodontics to completion, then proceed with implant placement.

In brief: Will not work
Dental implants will not move orthodontically.
After healing they are ankylosed to the bone meaning they are attached directly to the bone. Best to do orthodontics to completion, then proceed with implant placement.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry
In brief: Very well
Position the teeth in the proper positions prior to placing dental implants.
However, there are cases in which dental implants may be placed prior to orthodontics and used as anchors to provide a better orthodontic result.

In brief: Very well
Position the teeth in the proper positions prior to placing dental implants.
However, there are cases in which dental implants may be placed prior to orthodontics and used as anchors to provide a better orthodontic result.
Dr. William Dapper
Dr. William Dapper
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