What Happens if I Have a Cavity with Braces? What you need to know about tooth decay and orthodontics.
You are worried because you need braces, but you know cavities have also been a problem. Should you get braces if you have a tendency to get cavities; and what do you do if you get a cavity while in braces? These are all good questions and your orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA, wants you to know the answers.
When considering braces, it is always best to treat any decay in your mouth first, before beginning orthodontic treatment. This allows your Merced and Mariposa dentist full access to decayed areas without having to deal with brackets and wires getting in the way. It also best to make sure your oral hygiene is at its best, to keep from getting cavities in the first place. Your hygienist at Dr. Rowan’s office can give you tips and tools for great oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Once you establish good habits, they will be with you after the braces are removed too!
Dr. Rowan offers many orthodontic solutions for children and adults, including traditional braces which use metal wires and brackets. If you get a cavity while you are in traditional braces, your dentist may be able to get to the decayed area without removing the brackets and wires; if not, Dr. Rowan can temporarily remove the brackets and wires to allow your dentist to access the area. Once the decayed tooth is treated, Dr. Rowan can refit the brackets and wires to your teeth.
If you have a cavity-prone mouth, you may want to consider Invisalign, the virtually invisible, modern orthodontic treatment to gently move your teeth into place. Invisalign uses comfortable, clear plastic aligners which you can remove when you eat. They are the perfect choice for people with a tendency to get cavities because you can simply take them out when your dentist needs to work on your teeth. After you receive your filling, you just pop them back in again and continue your Invisalign treatment with Dr. Rowan.
If you have a tendency to get cavities, but still want straight teeth, don’t despair. You can still have straight teeth with the help of your orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan with offices in Merced and Mariposa, CA to serve your orthodontic needs. Come in for a consultation and find out about what you can do to straighten out your smile!