Braces or Invisalign After a Root Canal

If you’ve recently had a root canal or are planning on undergoing one, you may wonder whether you can get braces or Invisalign afterwards. The answer to this question is yes, you can. Let’s take a closer look as to why.

The purpose of a root canal is to repair and save a tooth that is significantly decayed or infected. During a root canal, the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed and the tooth gets cleaned and sealed. Saving the tooth through a root canal is typically less expensive than replacing it with an implant or bridge. It also preserves the bone and give the surrounding teeth the chance to shift and improve their appearance and function.

If you already have braces, you can get a root canal without any issues. The braces are engineered to work around the teeth that need to be moved. That being said, they do not get in the way of any work that is being performed inside the teeth.

Your orthodontist may, however, decide to remove your braces before a root canal. If you have recently had a root canal, they can put braces on your teeth but will likely design them in a way that allows your teeth to move a bit more gradually.

In conclusion, it’s safe to have a root canal before, during, or after you receive traditional metal braces or Invisalign. Note that most Raleigh, NC area health insurance plans do not coverage root canals nor Invisalign. That said, it never hurts to ask your dental professional staff to run your insurance to see if they will cover any of the procedure.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics

If you have more questions about wearing braces or Invisalign after a root canal, we encourage you to contact our office today at (919) 453-6325. We’ll be happy to provide you with more information on what a root canal entails and how it is affected by braces.