Can a Patient With Crowns or Bridges Still Get Braces?

admin 12.09.2021

At Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic, we have a variety of smiles that are treated here for patients to gain the smile that they have been dreaming of. Through the years, we noticed an increasing number of adults getting braces for cosmetic and functional reasons.

Our orthodontists are always trained to provide the best suitable treatment plan for adults who desire tooth restoration. It is important to seek a specialist when you are considering orthodontic treatments

Looking into the details of each tooth, some individuals may have had previous dental treatments which may affect the process of alignment. Specifically, there are concerns that patients have when it comes to the effects of orthodontic treatments while having dental crowns or bridges.

Whether your orthodontist suggests fixed or removable braces to perfect the alignment of your teeth, keep in mind that the results bring multiple benefits aesthetically and with the functionalities as well! You can surely enjoy a beautiful smile even if you have gotten crowns or bridges previously.

When an orthodontist installs braces to dental restorations, it requires further expertise in comparison to placing them on natural teeth. This is the reason why it is significant to search for a specialist when considering orthodontic treatment.

Below you can find possible issues that may occur when installing braces over dental crowns and bridges:

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 Tooth movement is limited

When fixed braces are placed over dental implants or crowns, the position of the implants cannot be moved or changed due to them being solidly inserted into the jawbone. When patients have existing bridges, there is minimal movement in order to prevent any damage to the bridge.

Our specialists carefully examine your specific dental case and view the history to know if there has been previous trauma such as with root canals or crowns. Depending on the case, it may be essential for the orthodontist to move the teeth slower. While doing so, the process of the treatment will be monitored to ensure you are on the right track.

 Possible damage towards crowns and bridges

There is a possibility that the orthodontic treatment will lead to damages of existing crowns and bridges. If there is any damage, it will only harm the aesthetic factors with no need to undergo treatment. This is especially if the restorations are at the back of the mouth.

In certain situations where a crown is slightly damaged at the front teeth while wearing braces, you can simply request for your dentist to fix the crown after treatment once the braces are removed.

 Cosmetics restorations may be on hold

During the period of wearing braces, if you consider undergoing other dental treatments for aesthetic reasons, it may have to wait. For example, if you would like to replace a crown for aesthetic reasons, it is recommended that you proceed with the treatment only after your orthodontic treatment.

Although if the purpose for fixing a dental crown is due to a functional issue such as being loose, your orthodontist may ask your dentist to create a temporary crown before installing your braces. You can always have your new crown once you have completed your orthodontic treatment.

Overall, every individual has their own unique dental case; Therefore, our dentists establish a personalized treatment plan for each patient to bring them towards the path of the perfect smile. Though placing braces on dental restorations is more of a challenge, an orthodontist with great expertise will always find the best solution in order for you to get your dream smile.