Dental patients who require the services of an orthodontist may be concerned with how receiving braces will affect their overall dental health. Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses only on orthodontic treatment for dental displacement and facial growth control. Routine dental procedures such as teeth cleaning and fillings are the responsibility of a regular dentist and not the orthodontist. Both branches of dentistry work together to provide patients with proper dental care that is individualized for each one.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Children and some adults require orthodontic treatments that address tooth alignment issues. The American Orthodontic Association recommends that the earlier patients receive treatment the better. Most noteworthy is that children should be seen by a dental specialist by the age of seven to determine if there is the need for treatments. Because tooth alignment changes with age, adults may discover that treatments can improve appearance and overall dental health later in life. Finally, crooked or misaligned teeth can have a significant impact on the smile and ultimately self-esteem at any age.
Reasons for Orthodontic Intervention
This dental specialist received additional training beyond that of a regular dentist. The practice of orthodontics involves diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misaligned or malpositioned teeth and their effect on facial growth. They are trained to recognize and treat improper bites with special orthodontic equipment and devices. They understand the importance of maintaining proper dental and oral care throughout the course of the treatment. For this reason, patients are urged to continue to visit their dentist and maintain proper oral hygiene.
Fillings and Orthodontic Treatments
Braces or other orthodontic devices require a patient to continue a routine of proper care of the teeth throughout the entire course of treatment. For this reason traditional appliances such as metal braces work well with fillings because of their firmness. Moreover. braces made from ceramic or other materials may not have a strong enough foundation and may cause problems. finally, here are some important tips regarding braces and fillings.
- For the best results, cavities must be filled prior to receiving braces.
- It is much more difficult to place fillings after the braces are in place.
- Cavities can develop without proper brushing and flossing of the teeth after braces are in place.
- It is crucial to fill teeth if cavities occur under the braces.
- The specialist determines the filling size is.
Getting Fillings with Braces in Place
It is still possible to have cavities filled with braces already in place, but is easier if done prior to receiving braces. It is much more involved when braces are attached. The specialist has input into the type of filling material that is used. At any rate, spacers may needed to be used if large fillings are necessary. It is especially important to practice good oral hygiene in teeth with fillings as well as those without.
Advantages of Orthodontic Treatments
Dr. Joel Gluck is specially trained in orthodontic treatments that help patients by bringing the entire mouth into proper alignment. The result is a healthier, brighter smile and properly aligned jaws. Because some orthodontic problems can worsen with time and cause tooth decay, abnormal wear on tooth surfaces and problems with chewing, early treatment is essential. The psychological benefits from increased self-confidence and improved socialization skills may a key role in many patients’ decisions to seek treatment. Overall healthy dental health is also a benefit.
Compatibility of Fillings and Braces
Fillings are used to remove cavities from the teeth and replace them with a filling that will protect them from more cavities. Dental filling materials are made of a variety of materials. Gold, porcelain, and silver amalgam are available. The location of the filling may help the patient and dental specialist determine which one is best. The extent of the cavity also plays a role in determining the filling material. Other fillings made of composite resin materials can be used to repair broken or chipped teeth. Once braces are in place, it is much more difficult to fill teeth.
New Appliances and Techniques
First of all, today’s patients have several options from which to choose for orthodontic treatments that fit their lifestyle. They discover that they are able to improve their overall dental health and reduce tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease through orthodontics. Improper teeth positioning can be greatly improved or eliminated through treatment. Choosing the right technique and appliance option can greatly shorten the time required to see improvement of misaligned teeth.
Metal braces are typically used on children and some adults. They are usually glued to the teeth and held in place with small rubber bands or wires. Enamel color is the preferred color, but they are available in other colors as well. These braces can be attached even if fillings already exist.
These are chosen because the color matches the natural teeth. They are put in place with fillings, but are not as long lasting as the metal braces.
These are clear aligners that are used instead of traditional devices to help align the teeth. They work by slowly moving the teeth. Improvements are noted after several months. Invisalign works well for repairing overbites and closing gaps between teeth. This is a popular method preferred by those who want an alternative to other braces. They are less noticeable and therefore more attractive. As a result there are some advantages to Invisalign not found in traditional braces.
- Custom-fitted clear aligners.
- Designed for shorter periods of wear.
- Make it much easier to brush the teeth than with other braces.
- Make eating more comfortable.
- Worn over the teeth to move them in place.
At Gluck Orthodontics, patients receive an individual diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Joel Gluck and the entire office staff provide a warm, relaxing comfortable environment for patients and families. Moreover, they utilize the latest technology to give patients a uniquely personal dental experience. Call (615)269-5903 today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.