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can you get braces with cavities

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Priority #1: First- get all your cavities taken care of as well as getting a good cleaning. Your teeth and gums need to be in top health prior to orthodontic treat ... Read More
Dr. LaMont Gee
50 years experience Dentistry
Braces: It is unwise, to say the least, to start braces when you have cavities. Most orthodontists will not even start until all the teeth are either cavity ... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
You can..: .. But unlikely that any dentist or orthodontist would start treatment if there were carious lesions present. Have the cavities restored first, then s ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debi Williams
25 years experience Dentistry
Get them fixed first: It is hard to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces. Therefore you want to be cavity -free before you band up. Ask your dentist/orthodontist to ... Read More
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
Treat the decay firs: You need to get the cavities fixed before braces as braces make oral hygiene more difficult.
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience Dentistry
No: Any reputable dentist or orthodontist will require that your teeth be fully restored and cavity free before applying braces.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
44 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes. In fact you must be more diligent with your oral hygiene.
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Absolutely: You should arm yourself with a sonicare electric toothbrush and a waterpik. Take these to your dental hygienist and ask for detailed instruction on th ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
2 problems: If you don't clean the "danger zone, " the area between the braces and the gum line, you can get cavities next to your braces. If you eat hard/sticky ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Yup: Is is more difficult to restore the teeth with orthodontic brackets and wires in place.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Devin
46 years experience Dentistry
Braces and fillings: Yes. Any dds can do fillings when you are wearing braces. But most orthodontists want all your fillings done before brackets go on. Clean your teeth ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
All of them: All carious lesions need to be restored before ortho care is begun. Very difficult to restore broken down teeth with brackets and wires in place.
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Depends: Depends on where and how large the cavities are. Is the dentist filling the teeth also doing the braces for you? If not, I am sure he/she will consu ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavanjit Chhabra
18 years experience Dentistry
Easier or better: I understand that it may be easier to get the cavities taken care of later for you, but practically it is much harder to treat the cavities when brace ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Fix cavities first: You can, but fix cavities first, then spacers. If your orthodontist doesn't tell you to get your cavities fixed before putting on your spacers, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Restorations: All restorations should be completed before orthodontic treatment begins.

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