Orthodontic Treatment During Pregnancy

Safety is a top concern for any pregnant woman as another life growing inside her. No one wants to take unnecessary risks during pregnancy and always prefer to push any treatment that can wait until the delivering the baby. No wonder mother always gives her foremost concern to the developing baby.

What about orthodontic treatments? Should the expecting mother wait until delivery to rectify her misaligned teeth? Is wearing braces safe during pregnancy? Wearing braces is quite common nowadays and therefore in many social forums, expecting mothers are sharing their concern about undergoing orthodontic treatment during pregnancy and wearing braces during pregnancy. 

Here is what you need to know about wearing braces during pregnancy.

What should I do if I get pregnant while wearing braces?

First of all, don't worry and yours is not a rare case as well. the number of adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment is increasing and the number of female patients undergoing this treatment is more when compared with the male. Since braces take 12-24 months to align the teeth, its quite common many adult women overlap the treatment period with their pregnancy. Therefore, if you have been wearing orthodontic devices before a pregnancy, there is no reason to remove it just because you are pregnant. However, there are some factors that should take care of.

Here are some measures you should take when you get pregnant while wearing braces,

Inform doctor:

During your next visit, inform your doctor that you are pregnant. He is the apt person to direct you on how to take care of your teeth and gums in the course of pregnancy, as well as how to care for your braces.

Maintain cleanliness of the mouth:

It's very important to maintain the teeth and gums clean,  during pregnancy. Make sure you have a clear understanding and proper guidance to clean your braces free from bacteria or food particles. You have higher chances of collecting plaques and food particle on braces that in turn increases the chances of gum infections like Gingivitis.

Increase the frequency of visit:

You should increase your scheduled appointment with your dentist if you are wearing braces during pregnancy. This is owing to the fact that the pregnancy causes big changes in your hormone levels, leading to excess saliva, bad breath, and loose teeth. frequent visits also ensure that wires on your dental devices are correctly adjusted according to the changes in your body weight.

Can I put braces during pregnancy?

Braces can be put on during pregnancy, as long as all x-rays and scans were completed before conception. Most pregnant women who undergo orthodontic treatment in the course of pregnancy don't experience any issues at all.  However, you should be aware of some steps to be taken and facts to remember before planning for orthodontic dental work during pregnancy.

First of all, you should schedule a meeting with your obstetrician to understand the risks (if any) involved in undergoing orthodontic dental work during pregnancy. If the doctor already detects the sign of gum infections or poor oral hygiene, he will recommend to postponing the orthodontic therapy after the pregnancy.

As a result of surging pregnancy hormones, your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. One issue many women experience is gum swelling. Normally, it is not a  big issue. However, braces can increase uncomfortable and cause pain

Most of the painkillers are not safe during pregnancy and putting brace is a pain generating procedure at least for the initial few days. So you should expect to tolerate pain before planning for put braces.

Pregnancy craving can affect the treatment. Even though most foods that are safe during pregnancy are safe to eat with braces, you may find yourself craving something that may be harmful to the braces. With braces, there are certain foods that you should avoid hard cookies, sticky and hard candies, certain nuts, hard chips, popcorns, etc. Also, always remember to cut the food items, like raw vegetables, fruits, hard bread, and meat that needs to be bitten with the front teeth before eating.