Pregnant women are advised to avoid many things such as taking certain medications and eating specific foods. However, there is rarely a reason why a pregnant woman should not undergo orthodontic treatment. It is generally considered safe for pregnant women to have orthodontic care, with some precautions.
Today’s post is for pregnant women interested in orthodontic treatment.
Before beginning any orthodontic care, you need to address any pre-existing dental issues. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can result in swollen, sore gums, and braces that may irritate the gums.
Accelerated tooth decay is a concern that may arise during pregnancy. These changes can even affect the tooth movement. Maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine to sustain excellent oral health. Brushing and flossing teeth regularly will help you avoid tooth decay during treatment. Pregnant women undergoing orthodontic treatment should also have frequent cleanings at their general dentist’s office.
Even though pregnant women have to eat for two, they should be careful to avoid foods that can damage braces like popcorn, nuts, ice cream, and sticky candies. Choose nutritious snacks to help keep teeth (and baby) healthy!
Your orthodontist will help you bypass having X-rays during your orthodontic treatment. Just make sure you inform your treatment team of your pregnancy, and they will work around any necessary X-rays. You will need a consultation before starting orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist may be able to use prior X-rays when formulating treatment options.
Dental Office Visits
Because of changes in your teeth and gums during pregnancy, it is important for your dentist to monitor your oral health. Consider more frequent visits to your general dentist. This will ensure that your braces are maintained well and your oral health is kept in check.
Your orthodontist and general dentist can advise you on a treatment schedule that ensures careful monitoring during pregnancy.
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