Can I wear braces with a dental crown?

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dental8Braces have become increasingly popular, especially among adult patients, as more people want a beautiful looking smile; however, many adults may be put off having treatment because they have already had dental work, which they may think renders orthodontic treatment impossible. The good news is that most people can benefit from orthodontic treatment, including those patients who have had root canal treatment and a dental crown.

About dental crowns

A crown is a type of dental restoration, which may be placed when a tooth is damaged or decayed; the aim of the crown is to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage. It is common for a new crown to be fitted following root canal treatment and it may also be recommended if a tooth has been damaged as a result of injury or the tooth had a large filling in the past.

A dental crown is also known as a cap because it fits over the top of the natural tooth; before the crown is fixed, the tooth is cleaned and the damaged or decayed tissue is removed. Once the crown is in place, the tooth will be stronger and it will also probably look more attractive.

Braces and dental crowns

If you thought you couldn’t have a brace because you have had a tooth crowned, this is not the case. In most cases, you will be able to have a brace because the cells and structures that are needed to aid tooth movement are still alive, even though the living cells inside the tooth may be dead.

Orthodontists plan treatment in accordance with their patient’s individual needs and the fact that you have a dental crown will be taken into consideration. Before you have orthodontic treatment you will be advised to have a consultation; the consultation allows the orthodontist to have a look at your teeth and conduct a thorough examination in order to check whether you are a suitable candidate for braces.

dental3In patients with crowns and root-filled teeth, it may be necessary to monitor the progress of treatment more carefully, as teeth that are crowned tend to be slightly weaker than natural teeth; this simply means that you may be advise to go for more frequent checks; it may also be advisable to go with a slower treatment, but your orthodontist will explain all the options and make recommendations based on what they think is best for you.