Pregnant women are advised against doing many things during their pregnancy, from taking certain types of medication to eating some foods. However, there is no real reason why pregnant women should not have orthodontic treatment. For pregnant women orthodontic treatment is typically considered to be safe, but with some precautions. Some local and systemic conditions limit the treatment modalities. There are some considerations for pregnant women to take into account. Sensitivity is often heightened during pregnancy and this may mean that braces seem a little more uncomfortable than usual; it is also worth bearing in mind that most painkillers are off-limits during pregnancy and hence patient will have to battle through any pain without taking medication.
The good news is that having or getting braces usually won’t affect your pregnancy in any way, or vice versa. With that being said, you should be aware of certain dental issues that do have the potential to impact your orthodontic treatment while pregnant.
Hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can increase the risk of swollen, sore gums and braces may irritate the gums. Hormonal changes and drugs can affect the orthodontic tooth movement. If a patient has braces whilst pregnant and has concerns about their braces, it is important for patients to see their orthodontist on a regular basis during pregnancy.
Before starting orthodontic treatment, any pre-existing periodontal condition must be addressed. Because of pre-existing hormonal changes during pregnancy, the gingival tissues may be already inflamed in pregnant women. Thus, a more rigorous oral hygiene routine will be required to maintain optimal oral health.
We know you’re eating for two, but don’t forget to stay away from foods that can damage your braces like popcorn, nuts, ice cream and sticky candies such as bubblegum. Choose nutritious snacks to keep your teeth healthy, as well as your growing baby!
Frequent dental prophylaxis will be helpful and meticulous homecare regimens will need to be employed to ensure success. In addition to tooth brushing, detailed instruction in the manipulation of dental floss will enable the patient to floss when the braces are in the mouth. Many inter-dental cleaning aids such as toothpicks or miniature bottle brushes can be attached to handles for the convenience of manipulation around teeth. Thus oral hygiene regimen maintained at home and coupled with professional dental cleaning will ensure successful oral health and keep orthodontic patients during pregnancy free of gingival and periodontal disease during active treatment.
Good oral hygiene can prevent or minimize the effects of pregnancy gingivitis. As traditional braces can make it even harder to keep your teeth clean, you’ll need to be extra diligent about your oral hygiene when you are pregnant and undergoing orthodontic treatment.