Can I Get Braces- Even with Past Dental Work? (Crowns, Bridges, Veneers)

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La Grange and Oak Park, IL – Braces are popular for adults more now than ever, and because of today’s technology, braces are more convenient and affordable. The long-term benefits make the investment as an adult well worth it.

Can you still get braces if you have had extensive dental work, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers?

Both Dr. William Beam and Dr. Richard A Battistoni at Battistoni & Beam Orthodontics believe that a careful orthodontist with the right treatment plan can adjust any adult smile.

Crowns and Root Canals

  • “Many people assume that a root canal kills the tooth, when the structure of the tooth is still strong and intact but the pulp of the tooth is dead,” assured Dr. Beam. Similar to a renovated house, the structure and foundation are still the same even if the interior has changed.

    A crown, whether or not after a root canal, is anchored to the root, so you do not have to worry about the crown falling off because of braces.
  • Treatment Options – Invisalign, metal braces, or other adult treatment options will work with crowns and root canals.
  • If you choose Invisalign, your orthodontist may use attachments to provide more focused treatment to the crowned tooth.

  • Precautions – Tell your orthodontist if you have had your root canal or crown within the past six months. Your orthodontist will monitor the tooth closely or may choose to manipulate that tooth more slowly than the rest of your smile.


  • Veneers are irreversible porcelain attachments bonded to the original enamel to strengthen the tooth and recreate the natural look of your teeth.
  • Treatment Options – Invisalign, metal braces, or other adult treatment options will work with veneers.
  • Precautions- If you have the choice to get veneers before or after braces, go through orthodontic treatment first. It will be easier to close the gaps between your teeth with veneers after the tooth is in its ideal position.


  • Bridges consist of one or more pontics (fake teeth) that are in place of a missing tooth, held in place by adjacent teeth.
  • Treatment Options – Invisalign may be the best option since it is a less aggressive treatment, and your orthodontist can more gently shift the adjacent teeth.
  • Precautions- Find an orthodontist that has experience with braces after a patient has a bridge. The bridge will need to be monitored closely, but it will be no problem for an experienced orthodontist.


“Patients may be worried about causing more damage to their teeth,” Dr. Battistoni advises, “but braces move your teeth more gently than you realize.”

As long as you are taking good care of your teeth at home to prevent further decay of your teeth, your orthodontist can straighten any set of teeth.

Make an appointment with your orthodontist so that they can best personalize an orthodontic treatment to suit your smile.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, schedule a consultation with the La Grange office at (708) 352-4500 or the Oak Park office at (708) 848-5900.

About Drs. Battistoni and Beam: Dr. Beam and Dr. Battistoni are passionate about helping people change and improve their lives. Their team at Battistoni & Beam Orthodontics have the knowledge, skill, and technology for improving adult smiles.

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