So, you’re expecting a baby, congratulations! If you’re considering braces while pregnant, many health professionals will give you a lot of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ when it comes to your habits and health. In this article, Dr. Andy in Parma, OH (just outside of Cleveland) addresses your orthodontic questions.
Dos and Don’ts of Getting Braces While Pregnant
With adult orthodontics on the rise, we will occasionally get patients who ask us about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of getting braces while pregnant. The good news is that in general, getting braces should have little, if any, impact on your pregnancy (and vice versa). That said, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when getting braces while pregnant:
- Pregnant women may have more sensitive teeth and gums due to hormonal changes that can cause increased blood flow. The heightened sensitivity on top of the normal orthodontic discomfort can sometimes be extra uncomfortable.
- An increase in estrogen and progesterone can affect the way your gums react to plaque, which leads to an increased risk of gum disease. This is typical for any pregnant woman, braces or no braces, and can be handled with diligent oral hygiene.
- You will want to be sure to avoid getting any x-rays during your orthodontic treatment. Be sure to let your orthodontist know about your pregnancy and he or she should be able to work around any necessary x-rays.
- If you need one or more teeth pulled in order for you to get braces, it may be a good idea to hold off on the treatment until after you’ve had your baby. The anesthesia used during the tooth extraction process may not be good for you or your baby.
- Some women who experience morning sickness during pregnancy have a tough time with braces as it may limit your ability to use elastic bands or retainer properly. Do be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly after getting sick because if left on your teeth, the acid can do some serious damage, especially since caring for teeth with braces can be more challenging.
- Keep in mind that getting traditional metal braces does limit the foods you can eat. Hopefully you won’t have any crazy cravings for popcorn, caramel, beef jerky, or any other bracket-damaging foods!
Have you ever had braces while pregnant? Share your experience in the comments below!
About Dr. Andy
Andrew W. Skorobatckyj, DDS is an orthodontist in Parma, Ohio. Known for his personalized and comprehensive care, Dr. Andy is an provides expert orthodontic treatments including traditional metal braces, invisible braces, Invisalign, two-phase treatment, and more. To schedule your free consultation or to further discuss getting braces while pregnant, contact Dr. Andy’s office today!
Phone: (440) 842-8015
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