Can you still get braces if you have fillings?



Both dental fillings and braces are an important part of managing your dental health and perfecting your smile. Tooth fillings are the best way to deal with tooth decay, since they stop a cavity from getting worse. There are many types of tooth fillings, including amalgam fillings that are silver colored and ceramic fillings that blend in with the tooth. Braces are used to correct misaligned teeth. Unlike tooth fillings, which are permanent, braces are only worn for about 18 months to three years. Here is everything you need to know about correcting both tooth decay and tooth misalignment.


Can You Have Braces if You Also Have Fillings?

This is an extremely common question when patients are first consulting with an orthodontist, since some people may have cavities and need braces at the same time. It is possible to install braces while a patient has fillings. Though there are some minor differences, the overall process of getting braces will not be affected if you have fillings.

Can You Get Fillings if You Already Have Braces?

While it is possible to fill a tooth cavity after a patient is wearing braces, it can be somewhat difficult, if the braces block access to the cavity. Try to take care of any cavities before you get your braces, and it is important to take care of your teeth while you have braces. Unfortunately, even with the best tooth care, some cavities may occur. If you need a filling while you are wearing braces, your dental specialist may have to remove a small portion of the brackets in order to reach the area of the tooth with a cavity.

Should You Wait to Get Fillings Until After You Get Braces?

If you need both fillings and braces, you should get the fillings first. Fillings will not interfere with your ability to have braces, and it is somewhat easier for a dentist to fill a cavity without having braces in the way. Some dentists charge more to fill cavities if a patient is currently wearing braces, so you can save money by getting the fillings done before you get braces.

What Types of Braces Work Well With Fillings?

There are several different types of braces that can be used if a person has fillings. Normal metal braces are always a good choice because of their firmness, but other types can work just as well, depending on what your individual needs are.  Adults who want discreet braces should consider Invisalign, the method that uses custom-made, removable, and clear retainers to alter teeth adjustments. Since Invisalign can be removed, repairing or installing fillings can be done without interfering with the braces.  Many children enjoy traditional braces, since they can enjoy picking out different and interesting colors for the elastic bands. Ceramic braces also work well with fillings, and they allow children to have less noticeable braces.

How Are Braces Put on if You Have Fillings?

The process for getting braces put on will start with a consultation. Your orthodontist will examine your teeth and X-rays of your teeth in order to begin creating a plan to properly align your teeth. At this time, the orthodontist will take into account any fillings you may have, and plan accordingly. Once the treatment plan has been agreed upon, the braces will be installed. For traditional braces, this process includes attach brackets to the teeth and securing an archwire with elastic bands. For the Invisalign procedure, you will get custom made aligners that are formed from molds and pictures of your teeth.

Do Braces Hurt More if You Have Fillings?

There can be some minor discomfort when you first get your braces put on. Fortunately, having fillings will not heighten the pain in any way. Here are few tips for dealing with the pain:

  • Eat soft foods, such as soup, smoothies, and yogurt.
  • Avoid mouth sores by putting orthodontic wax on any brackets that are uncomfortable
  • Take over the counter pain relieving medication
  • Do not ingest any acidic food or drinks

What Is the Proper Way to Take Care of Both Braces and Fillings?

It is very important to properly take care of your oral hygiene while you have braces. Though fillings will not impede typical tooth brushing and flossing, braces can get in the way a little bit. Brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing teeth at least twice a day will help to remove any small residual food particles. If you have Invisalign, you will be able to remove the device in order to clean your teeth. Having cavities filled before you get braces will ensure that they do not worsen while your teeth are being properly aligned.

Though having fillings can make the tooth alignment slightly more complicated, it is not a huge impediment. Even if you have several tooth fillings, you will be able to get braces. If you are interested in learning how to improve your smile, contact Nalchajian Orthodontics today to set up a consultation. Call our Fresno office at 432-7100 or our Clovis office at 299-9561 to schedule a free new patient exam.

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