December 8, 2017
You are likely interested in getting orthodontic braces in Southington because your teeth are crowded, misaligned,
protruding or do not come together comfortably in a proper bite. Such problems may be genetic. Other issues may have been caused by thumb sucking as a young child, mouth breathing from allergies or due to large tonsils, or you may have lost your teeth prematurely.
Some of these reasons for getting braces Southington has to offer are also contributing factors in the occurrence of cavities. If your teeth are crowded or not properly aligned, it can be difficult to keep them clean. Add to that difficulty any lapse inadequate oral care, and cavities erupt.
What are the types of fillings?
No one enjoys getting fillings. But fillings help stop the progression of cavities and are often necessary in order to save an affected tooth. This method of defense against cavities also help repair cracked or broken teeth. It is very common to have one or more fillings in one’s lifetime.
As you go to the orthodontist for consideration of braces, you are likely aware of whether you have had fillings, with some idea of which teeth have been filled. There are a number of types of fillings, any of which you may have:
- Silver amalgam: Silver amalgam fillings are highly durable. Silver fillings endure chewing pressure well. However, amalgam fillings do tend to expand and contract. This can cause a tooth to crack. This type of material is also visible in the mouth, which may be a deterrent for people to choose them over ceramic or composite.
- Gold: Gold is sometimes used because it is non-corrosive and can last up to 15 years or more. Some people like the appearance of gold fillings despite higher cost than other types of fillings.
- Composite: Composite fillings are widely used today because they can be made to match your teeth’s color. These are not as durable as silver amalgam.
- Ceramic: Ceramic fillings can be made to blend into tooth color and are not easily seen within the mouth. They do not stain as easily as composite but are slightly abrasive.
- Glass isomers: Glass isomers are made of acrylic and glass. Their life span is up to five years. Great for children, this type of filling can release fluoride to help fight tooth decay.
When you are being considered for braces, the orthodontist will thoroughly check your mouth, teeth, and gums to ensure that they are healthy and ready for the changes braces will bring. At that time, there may be additional cavities found. Those cavities, like others before them, will need to be filled.
Can you still get braces if you have fillings?
Many patients and their parents ask the orthodontist, “Can you still get braces if you have fillings?” The answer to that question is yes. You can get braces despite having fillings, just as you can get fillings while braces are on your teeth.
Prior to having braces put on teeth, the orthodontist will do a thorough exam. Any existing cavity will need to be filled before the braces are installed. Having braces will not bother the fillings which presently exist in your mouth.
After all, cavities are filled by your orthodontist, you will return for another pre-braces examination. It is then that the orthodontist will decide what kind of braces will work best with your mouth conditions. At this time, you may require additional x-rays to help with that determination.
What type of braces is right for a person with fillings?
There are several factors which help the orthodontist determine whether metallic, ceramic or other types of braces are right for one patient’s mouth. With regards to fillings, the size of the filling comes into consideration. For large fillings, spacers may be required between teeth before the braces are installed.
There are several options for types of braces to be installed on a patient’s teeth. The orthodontist will consider all of these options carefully. He or she will want to make the decision which is best for the individual patient’s teeth health and lifestyle.
Can Traditional metal braces be considered best for their strength and firmness?
Ceramic braces are often the right choice for people who don’t want their braces to be as visible as traditional metal, as these are the same color as teeth. However, ceramic braces are weaker than traditional metal and do not last as long. For people with fillings, these may not be the right choice.
Clear braces, such as Invisalign, may be an excellent choice for the individual with fillings. Not only are these corrective devices virtually undetectable to most people the patient comes in contact with, but Invisalign trays can be removed for filling and cavity care. New fillings can be installed and existing ones are not often a hindrance for having this form of braces.
What if you need additional fillings after getting braces?
As previously mentioned, patients with Invisalign have a little conflict between braces and getting new fillings because the clear corrective trays are removable. People with traditional bracket braces may have more difficulty in getting new fillings, however.
If you have bracketed braces and need a new filling, the orthodontist may need to remove some of the brackets or
other portions of the braces to allow for the filling to take place. This can be a lengthy process. However, an orthodontist can do this as needed.
It is best to try to get all fillings prior to braces being installed. During wearing of braces, patients should be vigilant about tooth care and work hard each day to ensure they are preventing additional cavities. Some tooth decay may happen while braces are worn. But the best treatment for such issues always starts with prevention.
To discuss your options for braces, contact our Southington location.
Team Demas Orthodontics
27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA