Our specialist orthodontists answer a whole host of toothy questions every day for new and potential teeth realignment patients. Some of the most common questions are from people who aren’t sure whether any of their previous dental work will get in the way of future orthodontic treatment.
Many of the people we see are keen to know whether they can still undergo teeth realignment treatment if they have a crown. The good news here is that if you have one – or more! – crowns, you can still be fitted for a brace. This is also true for potential patients who have previous dental bridge work or even dental implants.
Now that more and more adults are coming round to the benefits of teeth realignment treatment, the industry has had to become more adaptable. Modern braces are anything but one size fits all! When you meet with a specialist orthodontist to have a consultation, they’ll be able to talk you through which kind of braces will be the best fit for you, taking into account your dental history.
When a patient has one or more crowns, it does make fitting a brace slightly more complicated. The main reason for this is that the brackets required for traditional braces don’t stick as well to crowns as they do to natural teeth enamel.
Luckily, there are two great solutions to this:
- Choosing retainers rather than fixed braces. Retainers are moulded to the shape of your teeth and can simply be placed over any crowns.
- Using orthodontic bands. If you decide that a fixed brace is the right type of treatment for you, it is usually possible to fix the brace to your crown with an orthodontic band rather than a bracket. Talk to your orthodontist to find out if this could be an option for you.
If you don’t yet have a crown fitted, or if you have an existing crown in need of repair, it might be more beneficial to wait to do this until after your orthodontic treatment is complete. Your dentist may be able to fit a temporary crown in the meantime should this be required.
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