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Can orthodontics be used while pregnant?

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Can orthodontics be used while pregnant?
Many pregnant women or planning to become pregnant often ask themselves: Can I wear orthodontics while pregnant?

In this case, it is vital that the orthodontist first check that the patient's soft tissues are healthy, as these tissues can become more sensitive in situations of stress or hormonal alterations caused by pregnancy.

Pregnant women have changes that affect the oral cavity and can lead to cavities and periodontal diseases, so it is recommended to have a complete check-up at your local dentist if you know you are pregnant or want to be pregnant to prevent it.

Experts do not advise dental treatment during the first trimester of pregnancy unless necessary.

If you want to have orthodontic treatment, it is recommended that you wait until you have given birth before starting the treatment. Some tests, such as intraoral photographs, which only require angled mirrors, lip retractors, or bite registers, do not carry any risk. Still, tests performed before orthodontic treatment are not highly recommended during pregnancy, such as x-rays.

A highly recommended test is PerioMarker, a rapid oral test for early detection of periodontitis.

If the patient becomes pregnant once orthodontic treatment has begun, it should not pose any problem, but it does imply more excellent care. Therefore, it should always be communicated to the orthodontist so that he or she is informed.

    Experts do not advise dental treatment during the first trimester of pregnancy.
    Intraoral photographs or bite registers carry no risk.
    X-rays are not recommended during gestation.
    It should not be a problem if the patient has started treatment before becoming pregnant. However, it implies more excellent care.

Among the care required is oral hygiene, which, if necessary in any pregnant woman, is even more so if she wears brackets as they make cleaning the mouth more complicated and leave traces of food.

In addition, the hormonal changes the patient will have during pregnancy can cause gingivitis and plaque. The chances of retaining plaque increase with orthodontic appliances if thorough cleaning is not done.

For a good cleaning, you should brush your teeth correctly, use interdental brushes and specific dental floss for brackets such as Superfloss; also, and use a dental irrigator. Waterpik will help remove any remaining food.

In any case, the most important thing is to tell your dentist about your plans to become pregnant during orthodontic treatment or if you are already pregnant.