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Can You Get Braces During Pregnancy?

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You may have heard the saying “A baby changes everything”, and it starts before they’re even born. When you’re pregnant, you question things you may not have given a second thought to before. Can I eat that? Should I take that medicine? Is it ok to exercise? 

If you’ve been planning on getting braces, you may wonder if it is still a good time to do so now that you’re pregnant. Here are some things to consider to help you decide if you still want to pursue orthodontic treatment during this time. 

Safety

First and foremost, the most important consideration about braces and pregnancy is safety. Is it safe for me and my unborn baby to get braces put on right now?

The answer is yes, it is perfectly safe to get braces put on your teeth while you are pregnant. There is no research that shows any negative effects from the braces or the cements and adhesives used to attach them. Even the impressions made of the teeth before braces are put on are not harmful or dangerous in any way. 

Whether you go with metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or plastic aligners, all materials are safe for your body and the baby. 

Convenience

You may also wonder if pregnancy would be a convenient time to get braces put on. Am I too busy? Will I be too busy after the baby is born to keep up with appointments? 

You may think you’re busy now preparing for the baby, but the truth is you’ll be much busier after the baby is born. This may actually be the best time to get braces put on, because once they are in place it is much easier to find the time to keep up with appointments for adjustments. 

Another consideration is that with the typical timeline of braces, which is anywhere from 1 to 3 years, getting started with braces during pregnancy means that you will likely be done with your treatment and can have them removed while your baby is still a toddler. 

Comfort

Pregnancy can be uncomfortable in a lot of different ways, and some of those ways may impact your decision about getting braces. 

For one, pregnancy tends to make your body more sensitive to pain. Nerve sensitivity is heightened, which can make it more painful to get braces on than it would be otherwise. And depending on how you feel about taking pain relievers during pregnancy, you may not be able to do much to relieve the soreness that comes on in the days after getting braces put on. 

Another typical symptom of pregnancy that may affect braces is gum swelling. Pregnancy can cause your gums to swell some, which might make it more painful to have braces bands put on your back molars. However, this may not be the case with everyone, and any pain you may experience should subside in a few days after getting braces.

Dental Health 

Another important consideration is that dental health can be an issue during pregnancy. A few different aspects of pregnancy can negatively impact your dental health.

The baby growing inside you needs a lot of nutrients and will get them from you. Many women experience calcium deficiency during pregnancy, which can cause teeth to weaken as calcium is stripped from your body. Taking a prenatal vitamin and even a calcium supplement can help. But if teeth do weaken, they are more susceptible to tooth decay, which is also a risk while wearing braces. It’s important to practice good oral hygiene to prevent cavities. 

Morning sickness can also damage teeth because of the stomach acid that comes up if vomiting occurs. The acid deteriorates tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. It may be best to avoid getting braces put on if you are suffering from severe morning sickness. You may want to wait until it passes, which is usually sometime in the second trimester.

Woodhill Dental Specialties Provides Orthodontic Treatment During Pregnancy

It is perfectly safe to get braces during pregnancy, but ultimately the decision is up to you whether or not to pursue orthodontic treatment at this time. At Woodhill Dental Specialties we regularly provide services for pregnant women and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. 

Call 214-691-1172 to schedule a consultation or contact us to request an appointment. We look forward to working with you during this special time in your life.