Can You Get Braces With a Crown?

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So, can you get braces with a crown, root canals, or implants? The answer is yes! It is entirely safe to get braces with crowns or other orthodontic implants.

Dental braces help correct problems with teeth like crooked or misaligned teeth. Underbite and overbite are also some of the common reasons for wearing braces. The braces are customized dental tools that help straighten and align your teeth and give you a normal bite.

The ideal time to get braces is during adolescence, which most people consider because the jaws are more malleable and responsive to realignment. But adults can get them too. You may wonder if braces agree with other dental treatments you have accumulated over the years.

Crowns/ Bridges

Dental crowns are “caps” placed on top of teeth. A crown serves as a shield for a tooth that has been cracked, chipped, or broken, restoring its shape. It is used when fillings alone don’t solve the problem.

Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain and ceramics. They generally don’t demand special care and can be managed with good oral hygiene.

Bridges are another kind of dental appliance that helps fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. An artificial tooth or teeth is merged with crowns to provide support on either side. A bridge moves as one unit.

Veneers

Dental veneers or laminates are super fine coverings covering the teeth’ exterior. These are custom-made shells that match the color of your tooth. They bond to your teeth, changing their color, shape, and size.

Dental implants

Dental implants are custom-built, tooth-like structures with screws that a dental surgeon inserts into a patient’s jawbone. The screw at the bottom anchors the artificial tooth. In the event of tooth loss, an implant may be needed.

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How Do Braces Work with Crowns, Veneers, or Implants?

Although it is best to apply braces before you get crowns, veneers, or implants, it is possible to get them fitted even if you already have them. Adults and young alike can have braces with crowns and other dental treatments.

A unique adhesive is used to apply the braces to ensure that the crown or veneer isn’t damaged.

On veneers, the braces may be attached to the back of the teeth. Attaching the brackets directly onto the veneer may not be a good idea as it may not be as robust as your teeth’s natural enamel.

As for implants, you can go ahead with braces if the teeth that need aligning are not adjacent to the implant.

In some cases, dental implants can be used as anchors to help support the neighboring teeth. In rare cases, an implant may be removed and replaced following the treatment with braces.

Will My Crown, Veneer, or Implant Get Damaged with Braces?

Generally, orthodontic treatment does not affect existing dental work as long as:

  • The restoration is secure, intact, and healthy.
  • Your orthodontist has the required expertise and experience to oversee your treatment.

Your treatment may progress slightly differently if you have had previous dental work. Your orthodontist may monitor your progress more closely to avoid damaging a crown, veneer, or filling.

They may also take a non-aggressive approach, meaning the realignment may progress more slowly. Extra care will also be needed in the application and removal of brackets.

As an alternative to metal brackets, a clear plastic aligner such as Invisalign can be used. These transparent aligners are an innovative way to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is removable and hence do not need any adhesive at all. It is compatible with crowns and bridges.

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Other Pre-existing Conditions

It is also vital to address any prior dental problems, such as cavities or gum problems, before starting any orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatments can sometimes aggravate these problems. It can also hinder your treatment period too.

How Do Fillings or Root Canals Work with Braces?

Dental fillings and root canal treatments are pretty common these days. People with fillings to seek other orthodontic treatments like braces.

How Long Do I Wait to Get Braces After the Crown?

There is no stipulated wait time between crown insertion and orthodontic treatment. Before you proceed with braces, make sure you do not have any sensitivity after crown placement.

Keep These in Mind

To ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible:

Evaluate your options: Reading about the pros and cons of traditional metal braces and Invisalign and researching can help you decide which is ideal.

Maintain oral hygiene: Preserving good oral care is a must. Brushing and flossing regularly to prevent plaque buildup and further decay is essential. It also ensures that your orthodontic treatment is more effective.

Talk to your orthodontist: The only way to determine whether orthodontic treatment is right for you is to discuss it with a certified orthodontist.

Dr. Tisseront is a specialists who has the experience and expertise to comprehensively evaluate your situation and identify the best possible treatment options.

Do not hesitate to ask questions if you are skeptical about your options! The right orthodontist will tailor your treatment plan based on your needs and preferences.

Can You Get Braces With a Crown?

Author: Dr. Tisseront

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