Learn what’s possible with orthodontics and your local dentist.

Can I Get Braces if with Existing Crowns and Dental Work?

Some people think if they have cosmetic dentistry, like a crown and some veneers for example, that they don’t qualify for braces. That’s not the case. Even with prior crowns and dental work, most patients can get braces with great results.

Lakefront Family Dentistry offers a solution for adults and young teens that might be self-conscious of having bulky metal braces. The revolutionary orthodontics replaces is called Invisalign, and it’s helped millions in a matter of months get straight, beautiful teeth while strengthening the core foundation at the root and gum line of your oral cavity.

Call and schedule a free consultation and find out if you or a family member qualifies for Invisalign braces today. No matter what the state of your teeth and bite are in, Dr. Hauser can help. Having over 20 years’ experience in general dentistry and thousands of happy patients mean they trust him with their oral health, as well as their entire family and friends they refer every day.

invisalign before and after side teeth crooked and spaced far apart
invisalign before and after side teeth crooked and spaced far apart

How Old Should My Child be to Get Braces?

If your child has crooked teeth, an under bite or overbite, it’s best to have an orthodontic screening at about 8 or 9 years old. This allows a qualified dentist know before braces or Invisalign is considered what other steps might be required before the placement of braces takes place.

Oftentimes, a removable appliance might be recommended first, which speeds up the process of bite and teeth correction when orthodontics is applied. These appliances can even shape the growth of the jaw at a young age, and some are usually worn at night while sleeping.

Saving months or even years of braces on a young child reduces their stress and increases self-confidence knowing they won’t need braces for many years. Early detection is the best course to see what can be done prior to, if any, braces are needed.

Do I Really Need My Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

That’s a very common question. Many people have them pulled, and many people do not. It’s based on whether or not you have the room in your mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow in. At about age 16 or 17, it’s best to see Dr. Hauser, where he will give your child a panoramic x-ray. This 360-degree picture determines the positioning of your wisdom teeth and jaw as they’re growing in and if there might be a need to have them extracted.

As we get older, unfortunately, millions of people around the globe ignore their dentist’s recommendations by not brushing and flossing twice per day and getting a bi-annual dental checkup. Tooth decay and gum disease begins, and teeth oftentimes need to be extracted.

If this happens, perfectly straight wisdom teeth might shift start hitting the adjacent tooth. This causes an impacted wisdom tooth, and it will need to be extracted. Proper oral care causes less pain and saves money over one’s lifetime.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

You are never too old for braces. As we get older, we lose bone density, and that includes our jaw bone. If  you’ve had several teeth extracted over the years, the need for braces might be more critical in your later age, so you can keep the remaining teeth in your 70’s and 80’s. Millions of people over 40 get braces every year, because they want to keep the teeth they have in their senior years and enjoy their favorite foods. Patients get braces in their 70’s and 80’s, too, so age is only a number!

Contact Lakefront Family dentistry at (951) 244-9495 if you’d like to discuss the right type of braces and average cost of Invisalign to see if it’s the right fit for your oral cavity, or make an appointment online.

Our Patients Rank Dr. Mark Phillipe, DDS, and Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, as the #1 Private Cosmetic and Family Dentist Practice in the Inland Empire!