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Tips to Wear Braces After a Root Canal Treatment

Your teeth have a huge impact on your appearance and how you come across. If you decided to have several corrections done to your pearly whites, chances are that your dentist has suggested one or more among fillings, root canal treatment (or RCT), braces, and whitening. 

The confusion arises when you've got both RCT treatment and braces in the mix. The common question posed is: can you get braces and realign teeth that have undergone RCT treatment? 

The simple answer is yes.

Teeth braces put pressure on the external part of the tooth. They do not have anything to do with the root of the tooth, and therefore, you can get braces after you've had a root canal procedure done. However, you need to keep in mind a handful of considerations when you are opting for a combination of RCT treatment and braces.

What comes first? The RCT or the brace?

You should get your RCT treatment done prior to getting your teeth braces fitted. This is mainly for greater convenience. Of course, should you happen to develop a need for a root canal treatment at some point when you are wearing your braces, then you can indeed get it done.

This is because the brackets are put on the outside of the teeth, and the dentist will do the required drilling from the side or top of the tooth. However, it is still advisable to take your teeth to brace wires off before going in for your RCT appointment.

How soon is too soon?

After your root canal treatment, it is advisable that you wait for about 60 days before you get your teeth braces fitted. This gives the affected teeth some downtime to heal and adjust. Moreover, you don't want to have to deal with two problems; to put it another way, you don't want to deal with that amount of pain, all at once.

The root canal will not hurt during the procedure because you will be anesthetized, but it usually does hurt in the days that follow. The area is certainly tender, even when you're chewing. It makes sense, therefore, to not have the added pressure and corresponding pain from braces, until the root canal pain has ebbed away.

If you are using a neighborhood orthodontist (a dentist that specializes in braces) and can get hold of one who has recently fitted braces for someone else, they are obviously your best bet. An even safer bet might be to go with a clinic that has a large enough practice to have experienced all permutations and combinations of dental procedures.

The idea is that the dentist or orthodontist will tailor your teeth brace brackets such that they do not negatively affect your teeth. They will choose to be more aggressive with your correction process. Some of the customizations that the orthodontist putting in your teeth braces might make include:

  • Having your teeth realignment happen slowly Now, this might mean that you need to wear your braces for a longer period of time, but if it is the best roadmap for your overall dental health, then maybe it is ideal to do it right.
  • Monitoring you more frequently This might sound more painful, more expensive, and like a tremendous hassle. We're being honest here, so we will make no arguments, but you need to keep the larger picture in mind. You have to put in the work to shine that million-watt smile.

Not only root canal treatment, but also crowns and fillings might need to be taken into consideration when opting for teeth braces. Be sure to maintain a file of your dental records so that the person who looks at your teeth does so with sufficient background knowledge and dental records.

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