Can You Get Cavities Filled with Braces On?

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Before getting braces, it’s important to have a thorough check-up and address any problem areas in your mouth. Ideally you would have your cavities filled before you get braces, but this doesn’t mean if you develop a cavity you can’t get it filled until after your braces come off.

Braces Can Trap Food and Plaque

Braces are a great way to get a beautiful smile, but unfortunately they can also trap plaque and food, leading to a greater likelihood of you developing cavities. Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly, and try to keep your oral health in good shape while you have braces.

Sometimes a Bracket Needs Removed

We can easily fill most cavities while you’re wearing braces, but in some cases we may need to remove a bracket to reach the problem area. We’ll replace the bracket after your dental treatment and everything will be back to normal. Again, it’s best to have a thorough check-up before getting braces. At-home care and routine professional teeth cleanings and check-ups will usually prevent any problems that can come up during the time you have braces. Another good way to remove plaque and food while wearing braces is to invest in a water flosser that shoots high-pressured water at and between teeth for a thorough cleaning.

Instead of Braces, Opt for Invisalign

If you want to avoid the problem of dental treatments while wearing braces, you might be able to opt for Invisalign instead of traditional metal braces for straightening your teeth. With Invisalign, the clear trays are removable, so there is no impediment to getting a filling, or most other dental treatments, during your orthodontic treatment.

Do you have any other questions about braces or Invisalign? Call our friendly team at Edgewater Dental Arts today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.