Not sure if you are a good candidate for braces? There are several different factors that may affect whether you can get braces or aligners—and whether you need them. The only way to know for sure is to visit an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Dougherty. In the meantime, here are answers to some common questions beginning with, “Can I still get braces if…?”
Can I still get braces if…
I have gum disease?
No. If you have a history of gum disease (a.k.a. periodontal disease), your condition must be under control and you must be released from the periodontist’s care before moving forward with orthodontic treatment. Aligners (e.g. Invisalign) may be the best option to move teeth with this history.
I have crowns on my teeth?
Yes. Crowns will not affect tooth movement.
I have missing teeth?
Yes. Implants and bridges can be made after tooth movement is completed. Dr. Dougherty will work closely with your general dentist to give you the best possible end result.
I have some teeth that need to be repaired?
No. Repairs most often need to happen before braces. Cavities must be taken care of before you can get braces.
I need tooth implants?
Yes. Braces/aligners help with spacing before your tooth implants are placed. Dr. Dougherty will work closely with your dentist and oral surgeon or periodontist to prepare the teeth for implants. However, please note that if you have existing implants, they cannot be moved.
I still have baby teeth?
Yes. Most likely you can still get braces if you have a few baby teeth that haven’t fallen out. This will be decided on a case by case basis. In some cases, Dr. Dougherty will recommend two-phase treatment. Phase I (a.k.a. early braces) begins when some baby teeth are still present. Phase II begins once all permanent teeth are either in or close to being in. It may be best to start Phase II care when a few remaining baby teeth are present but loose. For more info, see our post: What Is the Best Age for Braces?
No matter what your situation is, all orthodontic patients must see a general dentist for regular cleanings during orthodontic treatment.