Do I need to go through the braces process before an All-On-4 implant for upper and lower jaw?

I am over 50 years old. I am considering All-On-4 implants for both upper and lower jaws. I had 4 teeth extracted from the top jaw. I had 4 teeth extracted from the bottom jaw. My remaining teeth are cracking regularly. I may need two or more extracted soon. I will need braces of some sort at a minimum to widen the upper and lower teeth in the rear. It is slightly difficult to eat, drink, and talk regularly. Is by-passing braces a good idea if considering All-On-4 implants?

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All on 4 implants

All teeth should be removed to use all-on-4 implants. After teeth removal, implants are placed and restored with all-on-4 or hybrid dentures. 

All on 4 and Braces

you will not need braces if you choose the all on 4 for the upper and lower arches. Braces are used to align the teeth. Your teeth will be removed and replaced with implants. The arches can be widened by the all on 4. 

All-on-4

All-on-4 procedure aims to replace all natural teeth, so unless you have a very severe skeletal issue, by removing all teeth the implants can usually be positioned for proper restoration with no problems. 

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Braces is NOT usually done before "All-on-4"

While it may not HURT the case, orthodontics prior to tooth removal for "All-on-4" is not usually done.  One way it COULD benefit is to create bone in an area that implants are desired to be placed, but this can take significant time.  A more common method is to place implants where desired and graft bone as needed.

Braces with all-on-4

the idea of the all-on-4 tooth replacement treatment is the rehabilitation of an entire mouth. This means that all the teeth are missing or a too broken down to save and need removal.  As such there would be no need or feasibility for orthodontic treatment before or after such a procedure.  

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