Can I Get Braces With a Missing Tooth?
Missing a tooth? It’s a normal condition! You can still get braces – in this video, Diamond Braces orthodontist Dr. Jason Berk explains more.
You Can Get Braces with a Missing Tooth
Many adults are missing teeth: for some people, certain teeth never grow in at all, and for others, they may lose them due to periodontal disease, accidents, or other conditions.
This doesn’t get in the way of braces. In fact, orthodontists have many procedures available to help close the gap caused by missing teeth. In certain cases, it may be possible to fill in the gap by simply adjusting the other teeth into the space to close it.
If this is the case for your smile, your orthodontist will gently adjust the teeth into position without straining the natural position of the teeth.
In other cases, it makes more sense to add a tooth, with help from a dentist. For this procedure, your orthodontist will use braces or clear aligners to open up the appropriate amount of space to fit a tooth substitute. Then, a dentist will fit you with an implant, a bridge, or a partial denture. This can be done with multiple teeth – it just may require more time and carefully orthodontia to achieve.
Either way, it is absolutely possible to get braces with missing teeth – and even close those gaps with orthodontia as well as dental implants. And don't worry - getting braces won't put your other teeth in danger of falling out.
Maintaining Proper Oral Hygiene Will Help Protect Remaining Teeth
No matter how you lost your teeth, regular brushing and flossing will help you keep your other teeth clean and healthy. It’s important to keep your mouth clean and fresh to protect your teeth!
Some other tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy:
- Quit smoking or chewing tobacco
- Limit sugary drinks and/or sugary candies and snacks
- Brush after eating sticky or sugary foods
- Use fluoride-mouthwash
- See your dentist regularly
Braces and Proper Oral Healthcare Can Get You Smiling for a Lifetime!
No matter what braces treatment you select, orthodontic care can make a huge transformation in your smile. Many people are embarrassed of their smile because of missing teeth or gaps in their teeth.
Luckily, your orthodontist has the tools to fix the gaps, help you get dental implants, and straighten your teeth, for a smile you’ll love to show off! Get ready to say cheese and share your beautiful smile with the world!