I am missing two molars and one canine tooth, and my teeth are crooked. The molars are one on either side of my upper arch. I’ve been saving up to get my smile fixed, including braces. What I’m wondering is if I should get braces then implants, or implants then braces?
Briley- Sande, UT
That depends on the circumstances. Generally, it is recommended that you get your orthodontics completed before you get your implants done. This way your teeth are in their proper position to accurately place the implants. Dental implants are surgically placed in the bone and are not able to move like your natural teeth do.
It is possible, however, with the molars that your orthodontist will want to use your molars as an anchor for your orthodontics. That is different in every case. I suggest you speak with whomever will be handling your braces and go from there.
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