Many adults wonder if they can have braces or if it’s too late. The answer is: there is no age limit on self-improvement! It is important for adults to have straight teeth to achieve excellent oral health so that the teeth can last a lifetime.
There are other questions that are unique to adults inquiring about braces. These questions have more to do with whether or not braces are a good idea in conjunction with other dental issues. We thought we would break this down case by case, in the event you are wondering about any similar questions for yourself.
1. Can I have braces with root canals and/or crowns?
Yes. A tooth with a root canal has had the nerve removed. Then a crown is usually placed on that tooth; the crown (sometimes called a cap) is there to protect the tooth and the filling.
Braces can be applied to the tooth or teeth with crowns to gently move them around the mouth. It may be a slightly slower process and your orthodontist will keep an eye out to ensure that the structure of the tooth remains stable. Since the root is still intact, it can be guided to a new position in the mouth.
2. Can I have braces with missing teeth?
Yes. In fact, when teeth are pulled out and nothing has been done to replace the tooth, the teeth on either side can begin to lean over into the space of the missing tooth. This can lead to gum and bone problems. Braces are often the perfect solution to ensure that the teeth are around the missing tooth haven’t moved into an unhealthy position. In some cases, braces can help close the space of the missing tooth.
People are missing teeth for a variety of reasons, it’s either a natural condition (the tooth never came in) or something happened so that a person lost an adult tooth (decay, an accident, etc.). Braces can work with missing teeth by aligning the remaining teeth in such a way that a replacement or an implant is an option for the future. Or, as mentioned, the new alignment can be planned so that the missing tooth gap shrinks. Again, each situation is different and can be discussed in a consultation.
3. Can I have braces with implants?
It is always best to visit an orthodontist BEFORE having an implant placed. However, we may be able to work around the implant. The unique part of an implant is that it cannot be moved. Since implants are directly attached to the jaw bone, they don’t move around the mouth like natural teeth can. However, natural teeth can move around implants, so in some cases, we can work around it. If you are considering an implant, it is always best to have a consultation with and orthodontist first so that you have a clear roadmap and the best plan.
When it comes to braces and orthodontic treatment, there is (almost) always a solution and a way toward a healthy smile and perfect teeth. At South Surrey Smiles, we pride ourselves in finding those solutions for each and every patient. If you have any questions about the kind of orthodontic treatment that is right for you, book a free consultation with us today. No matter your situation, we would love to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics. She grew up in Victoria, BC with her parents and two sisters.
After being awarded her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1989, Dr. Williams then spent six years as a dentist in general practice before deciding that she wanted to further her education by undertaking three extra years of highly specialized training in orthodontics. With her Masters in Science (Orthodontics) degree under her belt, she went on to sit the Orthodontic Specialty Fellowship exams through the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. To date, her status as an active leader in the orthodontic profession means that she holds the following qualifications and positions:
- Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Orthodontics.
- Former president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (representing 2900 orthodontists from the 4 western Canadian provinces and 8 western American states).
- Active member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.