Here at Chorley Orthodontist, we hear this question more often than you might think and most of our customers are under the impression, before speaking with us, that any type of restoration to your teeth, be it crowns, veneers or fillings, would impact their choice of orthodontic treatment.
We created this article to help dispel this myth and let those who are worrying about correcting their smiles know, that by contacting your specialist orthodontist in Chorley, all types of dental issues can be addressed.
What are Crowns and Veneers?
A dental crown is a cap that encases the whole tooth, used to rebuild the strength of broken or decayed teeth and to restore the natural shape or size of the tooth. They are durable and fit into the mouth easily making them almost unnoticeable and giving the most natural smile possible. In some cases, teeth that become weak from daily wear and tear may need a dental crown, to prevent further damage, breakage, or decay. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, gold, platinum, ceramic, or a combination of porcelain and metal and will vary depending on whether your crown is temporary or permanent.
Veneers on the other hand, are used to disguise discoloured, chipped teeth, and other dental irregularities. Very little enamel is filled in preparation for a veneer and compared to crowns, veneers ensure there is only a slight adjustment to the natural tooth. Veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth and tend to be made from a thin layer of porcelain.
Is it Possible to have Braces Fitted with Crowns or Veneers?
The short answer is yes, it is. Fixed braces, fitted to the front or back of the teeth and removable braces are all possible with crowns and veneers, although there are preferences your orthodontist will likely make, such as type of brace, improvements to your crowns or veneers and the level of care you will need follow.
Which Type of Brace is Recommended with Crowns and Veneers?
Given the option, orthodontists would not like to place fixed braces onto crowns or veneers, to mitigate the risk of damaging them or breaking them altogether. The likely choice would be a removable brace such as Invisalign. This option is not always a viable option, however, as tooth movements are not as precise and there are some dental issues that Invisalign cannot fix. However, if a fixed brace is recommended, orthodontists do have methods of attaching a fixed brace to a crown or veneer, without damaging it.
Possible Issues When Having Braces Fitted to Crowns or Veneers.
If your crown or veneer is quite old or has some damage to it already, then some work may need to be carried out before your braces are fitted. However, if your crown or veneer is healthy, then a good orthodontist will be able to carry out braces treatment without causing any damage to them. After treatment, the brace will be removed carefully so as not to cause any damage to the restoration.
There are some cases after orthodontic treatment when the teeth have been aligned, when the bite has been corrected and the teeth properly cleaned and whitened, the crowns or veneers that our patients have don’t match their new dental aesthetic, so they opt to have new crowns or veneers that fit in with the new shade of their teeth. However, if crowns and veneers are in good condition before treatment commences, the treatment should cause no damage to the restorations.
Perfect Smiles with or Without Restorations at Your Specialist Orthodontist in Chorley.
Here at Chorley Orthodontics, we advise before undergoing any sort of orthodontic treatment, speaking in detail about your specific circumstances with a highly professional orthodontic practice. At Chorley Orthodontics, we are well known in the orthodontic sector for our experience and knowledge and provide the very best quality orthodontic care, delivered in a comfortable and friendly environment.
If you would like to talk to us about getting dental treatment with crowns or veneers fitted, your specialist orthodontist in Chorley can provide treatment whatever your needs and budget.
Contact Chorley Orthodontics today, expert orthodontist in Chorley no matter your situation, to see if we can help you.