No matter what age you are, braces can help to straighten your teeth regardless of how mild or severe your case is. The older a person is, the more likely it is that they already have restorations like crowns and dental bridges in place. But restorations shouldn't get in the way of orthodontic treatment. No matter how many crowns you have, you can still undergo orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists move crowned teeth more slowly
Since it's much easier to move fully natural teeth than crowned teeth, your orthodontist can move your crowned teeth more slowly than your natural teeth. This ensures that your crowns aren't damaged during your treatment. When searching for an orthodontist, try to find one that has experience at moving teeth with crowns and dental bridges.
Orthodontists use a different adhesive for crowned teeth
Orthodontists can also ensure that crowns are not damaged during orthodontic treatment by using a different adhesive, one that bonds more easily to porcelain. This reduces the chances of your dental crown becoming damaged during your treatment.
Loose crowns can be replaced with temporary crowns before treatment
If your current dental crown is loose or in poor condition, your orthodontist may ask your dentist to create a temporary crown that you can wear during your treatment. Once you complete your orthodontic treatment, your dentist can then reattach your dental crown or create a new one for you.
Your orthodontist can repair your crown if damage occurs
In most cases, as long as your crown is in good condition and is firmly adhered to your tooth, no damage will occur. But, if your crown does move out of place or is damaged, then your orthodontist can repair the damage to the crown and reattach it to your tooth.
You can opt to use Invisalign instead of traditional braces
If your malocclusion is mild to moderate, then you can opt to straighten your teeth with Invisalign instead of traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are removable. This fact alone means that they put less strain on dental crowns. Your orthodontist can create clear attachments that will help protect your dental crown during your treatment.
Many orthodontists may prefer to use Invisalign on teeth that already have crowns as it is removable and more gentle than traditional braces.
If you have dental crowns and need orthodontic treatment, don't worry. Even with crowns, you can still undergo orthodontic treatment. Contact an orthodontist for more information.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!