During pregnancy, there are hormonal and physiological changes that can affect the oral cavity increasing inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If you wear orthodontics during pregnancy, you will have to take special care with oral hygiene because at this stage of the woman, there are more eating disorders, eating after hours, consuming foods richer in sugars causing the appearance of cavities. For this reason, it is important to be strict with the hygiene and brushing of the mouth after each meal with the help of interproximal brushes and dental floss.
Can I start orthodontic treatment during pregnancy?
It is normal to worry as soon as you receive the news that you are pregnant at the time of any kind of treatment. If you are pregnant, you can start orthodontic treatment without any inconvenience. The doctor will inform you of the care to be taken into account during orthodontic treatment. Some of the precautions are as follows;
• Do not take x-rays until after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
• Radiographs should always be made with a layer of lead.
• Go to all appointments.
• Maintain good oral hygiene.
• Inform the doctor of any changes in the gums and teeth.
The invisalign, popularly known as invisible orthodontics would be a good option if you want to have an orthodontic treatment during pregnancy. They are movable splints which are very comfortable to carry, and they do not rub and are removed only to eat facilitating a better brushing of the teeth to maintain a good hygiene.
It is not always a candidate to bring invisalign orthodontics because of the anatomy in which the teeth are found, then we would have to resort to the braces of a lifetime. The braces can be metallic or ceramic which are placed on the surface of the teeth with a specific composite. They do not have wear or release any substance to be in contact with the saliva that can affect the baby, but you would have to be much stricter with hygiene by the retention of food between them.
Orthodontics and pregnancy can be combined perfectly, so you do not have to worry as long as you follow the doctor’s instructions properly.
If you already have orthodontics and want to be a mother, you should tell the doctor right away not to take X-rays because you may be pregnant and not know it. This treatment does not affect pregnancy at all, it is only improving the aesthetics and occlusion of the teeth by making small movements with the braces over a period of time.