A 23-year-old female asked:
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i went to the dentist told and was told i have small cavities, but i need braces..can i still get them?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Fix cavities first: You can have an orthodontic treatment plan set up, but you must get your cavities fixed prior to having you braces put on. Braces make it more difficult and sometimes impossible to fix cavities as they get in the dentist's way. Braces also make it harder to keep your teeth clean so any untreated cavities will have an easier opportunity to get bigger faster.
Answered on May 14, 2015
Dr. Tarek Hamid
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Just get the cavities filled first, get a cleaning too , then you can have your braces-;).
Answered on Feb 12, 2014
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Dr. Warren Strudwick
29 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: Yes.
Answered on Feb 12, 2014
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Braces: It is important to get your cavities fixed before you start braces. You want to start orthodontics with a healthy mouth.
Answered on Jul 7, 2014
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Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Yes, after cavities: You should have your cavities filled prior getting braces. Use a Fluoride rinse every night with your braces and brush/floss 2-3 times /day to help prevent further decay and fillings.
Answered on Mar 15, 2016
Dr. Sherly Alex
17 years experience Dentistry
Cavities..: You would need to take care of your cavities first. Your dentist would likely have advised you of this. You should be cavity free and have no signs of gum inflammation before you get braces.
Answered on Oct 4, 2015
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Fix all cavities 1st: Clean your teeth and get your TMJ checked. If your orthodontist doesn't explain you the importance of this, get a different orthodontist. Most of the orthodontist will request a written clearance from the general dentist before starting orthodontic treatment. Hope it helps.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Order of Rx: 1). Eliminate infection. Make sure teeth/gums/bone healthy. 2). Create best occlusion possible...Orthodontic treatment. 3). Do final "permanent" restorations for teeth that are now in optimum occlusion.
Answered on Apr 11, 2016
Dr. Hilary Baskin
27 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: But only after the cavities have been filled
Answered on Oct 31, 2016

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