Invisalign for missing teeth?

I have always had crooked teeth and my parents never could afford braces. To complicate things, I actually have two bicuspids of which one of them was recently pulled because it was bothering me. My guess is that since these are still baby teeth that the other will have to come out too. I also had a back molar extracted.

What I’m trying to find out is if these missing teeth will still allow me to be a candidate for Invisalign. I really do not want to get ugly metal braces as an adult. My dentist was also recommending I replace these teeth with dental implants.

One last thing is that I also have an underbite. So I don’t have much space between my top and bottom teeth. Maybe the top ones can be moved to make more room. Does all that make sense?

– Ruth in West Virginia

Ruth,

Missing teeth does not automatically disqualify you from being an Invisalign candidate. But there are some other factors that may affect things. You  mentioned that you have an underbite which may actually be a bigger obstacle in straightening your teeth. Another issue where Invisalign is not recommended is if an individual has severe crowding.

That said, every dentist has their own opinion of how effectively Invisalign will straighten teeth. If you meet with an orthodontist, you will likely experience that they are more conservative. This is because their comfort level is geared toward brackets to straighten teeth. Most general dentists will be more willing to try Invisalign for a variety of cases. Another thing worth mentioning is that every Invisalign case is also monitored by an Invisalign staff orthodontist. This means if your case is approved by Invisalign, then it is generally safe.

It may be in your best interest to meet with a couple of dentists to see what their opinion is of your specific case. It is difficult to make any recommendations without having seen your teeth.

As far as your question about replacing the lower teeth, that would likely not be required for Invisalign to close the gaps in your lower teeth. That said, you still need to seek the advice of a dentist that can evaluate your case in person.

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Will TMJ be covered with my insurance?

I have been a TMJ sufferer for many years. I feel like I just have to get something done because I just can’t stand the pain anymore. Do you know if my insurance will cover TMJ treatment?

– Leslie in New Jersey

It is very unlikely that your medical insurance will cover TMJ treatment. Even though you would think otherwise. Since TMJ causes such painful headaches and other physical ailments many people think their medical coverage will take care of it. But it is pretty common that somewhere in your medical insurance plan there is some clause to exempt them from covering any kind of dental work, including any physical issues that result from dental work or the need for dental treatment.

If you are referring to your dental insurance, there is a possibility that some of the TMJ treatment may be covered. Dental plans vary greatly, so it would be difficult to give you any kind of specific information. Give your dental insurance company a call ahead of time so you are prepared. Realistically, the coverage will probably be quite limited as to what they will cover or assist with.

All that said, it is very wise to seek treatment from an experienced TMJ dentist like Dr. Steve Bader. He has had many successes in treating painful TMJ disorder and is especially experienced TMJ treatments like Neuromuscular Therapy.

Hopefully this helps answer your question so there are no surprises when you seek treatment.

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