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A 16-year-old female asked:

Ortho said i'm getting braces but dentist said i might have a cavity. my teeth feel fine no pain when eating sugary foods. do i need cavity filled?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Please listen to: Your dentist. Just because you don't have symptoms doesn't mean you don't have a cavity. Cavities should be taken care of before you get your braces.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Most likely: Cavities don't always have outward symptoms... Just like high blood pressure or diabetes. If your dentist feels to need a restoration, it's best to do it. If you refuse, that small cavity can become a big problem. And access to that tooth when you have orthodontic brackets and wires will be limited.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Absolutely: A cavity is a small localized infection. Get it treated before it becomes a big generalized infection. No ethical orthodontic specialist would put appliances over a cavity...Get it treated first.
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Last updated May 7, 2014
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