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Question:
I am 55 years old and considering braces. I am missing one front upper tooth and have a very deep bite. The other five upper teeth have veneers and lots of fillings.

Two orthodontists have said they can improve my bite which will reduce the wear on all of my teeth. The goal being to keep my natural teeth as long as possible.

In your opinion is that a correct assessment or should I just get an implant to replace the missing tooth and not get braces first? ...Visitor from San Antonio

Answer:
Whether or not you would be a candidate for a dental implant is entirely dependent upon the characteristics of the bony tissue at the site of the missing tooth.

Orthodontists don't restore teeth. It might be a good idea to get a consult with a Prosthodontist or a dentist who is proficient in implant dentistry AND orthodontics.

Many dentists are now providing "accelerated orthodontics" which is a very popular treatment option with adults. Full realignment and bite correction can be achieved in a matter of a few months, rather than years.

The "best" goal is to find a provider who "does it all"

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