As an expecting mother, you have a lot on your plate, from prenatal care to preparing for your baby’s arrival. One question you may have is whether it’s safe to wear braces while pregnant. In this blog post, we’ll explore the safety of wearing braces during pregnancy and provide valuable tips for maintaining optimal oral health. By following the guidelines and advice from experts, you can ensure both you and your baby enjoy a healthy, happy pregnancy.
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Congratulations, You’re Expecting!
Congratulations! You are probably reviewing pregnancy protocol and making all the necessary changes in your health and diet regime, and we are happy to inform you that getting braces should have little to no effect on your pregnancy. Orthodontic care during pregnancy will require very few changes if you are already having orthodontic treatment, and you can also safely begin treatment during your pregnancy at any time.
Oral Health Tips for Expecting Mothers
Pregnant women are at a higher risk for cavities and gum disease. To maintain good oral health during pregnancy, follow these tips:
- Brush and floss your teeth frequently: Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups: Regular dental visits help detect and treat potential issues early, preventing complications for both you and your baby.
- Eat a balanced diet: A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for your oral health and your baby’s overall development.
- Avoid sugary snacks: Consuming excess sugar can lead to cavities, so opt for healthier alternatives whenever possible.
Tooth Straightening Options for Expecting Moms
Pregnancy is an important time in your life, and misaligned teeth can cause you smile less and affect your social and personal life. There are orthodontic teeth straightening options that are available to you during your pregnancy.
There are many types of treatment available. Adults and teens commonly use traditional metal brackets. This orthodontic treatment plan is feasible during pregnancy. Clear, invisible, customized aligners are worn over the teeth and are free of metal or wires and This treatment is removed during eating and while brushing and flossing. There are variations available for these treatments and many complex orthodontic problems can be treated with either plastic liners or metal brackets. Some initial tenderness is experienced because traditional metal brackets and clear aligners gradually move the teeth by asserting pressure.
Your method of treatment will be determined by the complexity of your dental situation. A free consultation is available and will provide you with details pertaining to your treatment needs. Each smile receives a customized treatment plan. Recommended treatment during pregnancy has no effect on the patient. Your orthodontist will listen carefully to your preferences and lifestyle choices. An oral examination will be followed by a suggested treatment plan that matches your budget, concerns and cosmetic desires.
Pregnancy Hormonal Changes and Orthodontics
Pregnancy often invokes more sensitive teeth and gums due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow. This heightened sensitivity may add some level of orthodontic discomfort to procedures that would typically cause discomfort. Increases in estrogen and progesterone are common during pregnancy and can alter the way that your gums react to plaque. Plaque can increase the risk of gum disease. This is a typical concern for all pregnant woman, and consistent oral care should be a focus during each pregnancy with or without orthodontic treatment.
What About X-Rays?
Your orthodontist will help you to avoid x-rays during your treatment. Be certain to let the office know about your pregnancy, and they will work around any necessary x-rays. A consultation is necessary before starting an orthodontic treatment, and prior x-rays may be usable along with your new oral examination to determine the best treatment plan for straightening your teeth.
What About Tooth Extractions?
Anesthesia is commonly needed during any tooth extraction and is usually not recommended during pregnancy. If teeth must be extracted, it may be recommended that you either hold off treatment until after the baby is born or that you begin the treatment and integrate the extraction into the treatment after the baby is born.
Morning sickness is relatively common and women wearing metal brackets, clear aligners or a retainer may find that this is extra challenging. Commonly during the first trimester, morning sickness experienced most Be certain to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly if you vomit, because the acid from stomach bile can be very acidic and may cause damage to the teeth.
- Women can safely wear braces during pregnancy, and orthodontic treatments can even be initiated during this time.
- Inform your dentist and orthodontist of your pregnancy before starting treatment to avoid unnecessary x-rays.
- Maintain good oral hygiene, schedule regular dental check-ups, and follow a balanced diet to ensure optimal oral health during pregnancy.
By following these guidelines, expecting mothers can confidently wear braces and maintain their oral health during pregnancy. As you prepare for this exciting chapter in your life, prioritize your dental care to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy for both you and your baby.
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.