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Braces and Missing Teeth

The goal of braces is to bring your teeth together in proper alignment. This includes straightening as well as closing gaps in between teeth. But what happens if you’re missing a tooth altogether?

Can you still get braces? Will it affect the alignment of your other teeth?

Missing Teeth Can Cause Alignment Issues

There are a number of factors that contribute to the alignment of your teeth, including whether or not you have all of them. For those born with missing teeth or who didn’t have all of their adult teeth grown in, the surrounding teeth may have shifted to compensate as your mouth developed.

Does that mean you should replace missing teeth before you get braces? It depends.

Where Did Your Tooth Go?

Like so many things involving the body, the answer depends on your personal situation. In this case, why are you missing your tooth? Was it broken off? Infected? Has the adult tooth never grown in?

Depending your situation, some dental work may need to be done before braces can be applied.

On the other hand…

Braces May be Needed Before Teeth are Replaced

Crowding and alignment may be blocking the space where you’re missing a tooth. Before this tooth can be replaced, you’ll need braces or clear aligners like Invisalign to make some room. Once that’s been done, your missing tooth (or teeth) can then be replaced.

It Starts with an Appointment

The only way to find out what your options are is to meet with a dental professional. They’ll be able to examine your mouth, take x-rays, and advise you on the best course of action from there. If you’ve wanted a better smile and healthier mouth, now is the time to act.

For braces or Invisalign in Lakeville, Prior Lake, and the surrounding suburbs, contact us at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics and get your initial consultation scheduled today! Whether you’re missing teeth or not, we can set you on the path to the best smile of your life.