What is it? Everybody is conscious about their teeth now days. Dental fillings are the metal amalgams which are used to repair the cracked or broken teeths and are also used to fill a cavity. Dental restorations can be divided into two broad types:

  • Direct restorations

  • Indirect restorations.

The one major question in every ones mind for Braces and Fillings is that what kind of braces is most suitable for you? Do you need the metallic, ceramic or the ones that look like your teeth? The dentist will decide this based on the size of the filling that you have.  If you have a large filling, the orthodontist is going to have to put spaces in between teeth before braces are established.

Need of Dental Fillings

The kind of dental fillings you have has no relation with braces treatment. The fillings are for the cavity in your teeth. That is the reason, before the beginning of the braces treatment your dentist will have a thorough check of your teeth, gums and mouth to verify their structure. If there are any cavities then they will be filled before the braces are placed.

When you need a dental filling, you have many choices. Different types of fillings are better for different dental conditions your dentist will help you decide which type of filling is right for you.

Types of Dental Filling

  • Gold: Gold fillings don't corrode and they can last up to 15 years and usually longer. Many people find gold fillings more eye pleasing than silver fillings. But gold fillings can cost more than any other material.

  • Silver amalgam:Silver amalgam fillings offer durability and can withstand chewing forces. The disadvantage of using amalgam fillings is that they are more prone to expansion and contraction and thus they are more likely to cause a tooth to crack and they also do not match the color of the natural teeth.

  • Composite: Fillings made of a tooth-colored composite are most used because the color can be matched to your teeth. Composite fillings lack durability because they have to be replaced sooner than the amalgam fillings.

  • Ceramic: Ceramic fillings are often made of porcelain. They are resistant to staining but are also more abrasive.

  • Glass ionomers: These glass and acrylic fillings usually last  five years or less, but they are often a good choice for young children. Also, they can release fluoride, which can help protect tooth from further decay.

When teeth are crowded, keeping them clean becomes very difficult. If brushing is not done regularly, tooth decay, gum disease and possible tooth loss can occur. An improper bite can interfere with your ability to chew and speak properly. If your teeth are protruding and/or your upper and lower teeth don't come together comfortably jaw problems also may arise. Therefore, by keeping your teeth in the proper alignment dental braces do more than keep your smile looking good. They also help you keep your teeth and gums strong and also help in keeping your oral activity healthy.

Orthodontic Treatment

A person typically inherits tooth spacing, crowding, or similar problems from their parents. However, these irregular spacing between the teeth may be caused by habits such as thumb-sucking , mouth breathing due to allergies or large tonsils, premature loss of teeth , and generally begin to appear at  the time when the permanent teeth start to erupt. Therefore, orthodontic treatment with dental braces should begin between the ages of eight and 14 in order to achieve optimal results. Also, dentists are better able to spot developing teeth and jaw growth at this time in a child's life. This enables them to judge problems that may arise and plan braces treatment accordingly.

The conclusion is that you can use any kind of braces without bothering about the kind of fillings you have on your teeth. The dental fillings of teeth is done by a general dentist where as treatment of braces is done by an Ortho dentist. The general dentist would first check your teeth and then do the fillings and possibly cap them later on another day. Then you need to go to the orthodontist for initial examination to find out about the kind of braces that are going to be right for you. They might ask you to get x-rays and only then would the Orthodontist be able to make braces for you depending on the type of treatment you require.


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