Can you wear braces if you have fillings?
It’s very common for patients to have already undergone dental treatments before having braces. If you’re wondering if we can straighten your teeth, the answer is almost definitely yes.
We’ll need to meet you for a free consultation to confirm you’re suitable for orthodontic treatment, but most people are ready to get started right away.
Occasionally, we might recommend a visit to your dentist or a hygienist before we fit your braces. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a successful outcome.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t already have fillings, root canals or even restorations like veneers or implants.
Will fillings affect your orthodontic treatment?
We’ll examine your teeth at your free consultation to make sure any fillings are secure and have been done to a high standard. If we have any concerns, we’ll recommend replacing them before we proceed.
Fillings are extremely common, and they shouldn’t impact your treatment in any way. Occasionally, a filling might wear out during your treatment and need replacing. Again, this shouldn’t cause any issues.
If necessary, we can remove your archwire or even a bracket to help your dentist access the area that needs treatment. If you opt for Invisalign aligners, you can simply take them out for any dental check-ups or treatments.
What about multiple fillings?
Even if you have several fillings, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you are prone to cavities, though, you’ll need to take extra care while wearing braces.
If you have fixed braces, you’ll need to brush carefully around your brackets and wires morning and night to remove any traces of plaque (the bacteria that causes tooth decay). We also recommend regular dental health checks and hygiene sessions.
Invisalign is an excellent alternative to fixed braces that makes cleaning your teeth a breeze. You can remove your aligners to brush and floss as usual.
Our dentists will help you choose the right appliance for you and give you all the support and advice you need to keep your smile healthy.
Do braces increase your risk of fillings?
If you follow your clinician’s advice carefully and keep your teeth and gums free from plaque, braces won’t increase your risk of cavities or fillings.
In fact, straight teeth can be easier to clean, with fewer crevices for plaque to hide in. So, in the long term, braces could reduce your risk of cavities and fillings.
Meet us for a free consultation
If you are ready to learn more about the different ways we can improve your smile, get in touch to arrange a free consultation. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our friendly team and put your questions to an expert.