There’s no denying that when you’re expecting a little one, it can be a very exciting (and daunting) time, right? During your pregnancy, your body will go through some huge changes, so it’s more important than ever before that you really take the time to look after yourself. And we don’t just mean physically but mentally and emotionally too! After all, when you have your own little human growing inside you, it’s vital that you take it easy, ensuring that you have enough time to get some much-needed rest before the little one arrives! And did you know that as well as your general health and wellbeing, it’s also important that you look after your teeth during pregnancy? It might have crossed your mind whether or not it is safe to undergo orthodontic treatments when you are pregnant? We’ve created a helpful guide, which hopefully covers everything you will need to know about receiving treatment with teeth braces when you are pregnant…
First of all, if you fall pregnant during treatment – is it safe?
If you fall pregnant whilst wearing teeth braces, it is completely safe! In fact, there are a number of patients who fall pregnant and give birth whilst wearing their braces so there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
I am pregnant already, can I have teeth braces?
Providing that you have already had your X-rays and scans prior to falling pregnant, there should be no problem going ahead with your orthodontic treatment.
Wearing teeth braces causes no stress to your baby, however if you have not had your x ray prior to becoming pregnant, you should wait until after your baby is born before investing in an orthodontic treatment.
This is because it is crucial that the x rays are taken in order to properly diagnose your bite and other problem areas. Don’t worry, those 9 months will fly over!
Other things that you should think about before investing in an orthodontic treatment
During your pregnancy it is possible that you will experience swollen gums. This is a common problem and nothing to worry about, but it may mean that you experience more discomfort than usual when wearing your teeth braces.
However, providing that you visit your dentist on a regular basis, this shouldn’t be so much of an issue!
If you do notice any change in your dental health (big or small) you should seek professional dental advice straight away, as gum disease can cause a number of unpleasant side effects.
Of course, when you are pregnant, it’s always important to steer on the side of caution anyway especially as some of the risk factors associated with gum disease include premature birth, a low body weight baby, and even stillbirth.
It’s also worth pointing out that there is no need for anaesthesia or sedation when you are getting your braces fitted, so this is not a factor that you will have to worry about at all.
However, one factor that you may want to bare in mind when deciding on the best orthodontic treatment for you during pregnancy is that is can be difficult to eat and chew when your wearing your teeth braces.
This is generally the case during the first few weeks of wearing your braces, but that said, during your pregnancy it is more important than ever before that you are able to consume a wholesome and balanced diet.