Can You Get Braces During Pregnancy?

Can You Get Braces During Pregnancy?

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If you’re ready to align your smile or correct an imperfect bite, pregnancy does not preclude you from beginning orthodontic treatment. Whether you’re interested in traditional or clear braces, or you’re leaning towards invisible aligners such as Invisalign, getting braces while pregnant is widely considered safe.

Potential Surprising Benefit of Getting Braces While Pregnant

It may come as a surprise, but there may be a benefit to beginning orthodontic treatment during pregnancy. Some people experience an increase in tooth movement while pregnant due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. Namely, the increase in hormones that help to relax the pelvis in preparation for childbirth, can make the teeth slightly looser than normal

When the teeth are a bit looser than normal, they can be moved into their new alignment easier, and sometimes faster.  

2 Things to Consider Before Getting Braces While Pregnant

Although it is safe to get braces while pregnant, patients should consider if pregnancy is the right time for orthodontic treatment. While you may benefit from expedited treatment, it’s also important to remember that food cravings often increase during pregnancy. Some of these foods may be discouraged while you have braces (hard, crusty breads, popcorn, chewing gum, sticky foods such as taffy, etc). Of course, those who opt for Invisalign won’t be subjected to these restrictions as Invisalign trays are removable.

Patients should also know that pregnancy can put you at greater risk for developing gum disease (gingivitis). The reason? Hormonal changes during pregnancy may make patients more susceptible to inflammation, and less able to remove plaque (bacteria).  

What About  X-Rays While Pregnant?

Today, digital X-rays reduce radiation exposure by as much as 90% compared to older film X-rays. As such, the American Dental Association has concluded that X-rays while pregnant are generally safe, provided all appropriate safeguards are employed by the dental practice. 

X-rays are necessary to design orthodontic treatment, so if you have any concerns about exposure, it is perfectly fine to postpone orthodontic treatment until after your baby is born.

Are Metal Braces Safe During Pregnancy?

There is no evidence that metal braces are harmful to the mother or child during pregnancy. However, if you’re concerned about metal braces during pregnancy, Invisalign may be a terrific option. Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Braces During Pregnancy

Do I need to get regular dental cleanings while pregnant?

Absolutely. Taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth while pregnant is essential. Be sure to continue with regular dental cleanings and exams, and see your dentist if you develop any pain, swelling, or bleeding.

Is it better to get braces before or after pregnancy?

This is a personal decision. Many patients find that they are so busy after the birth of their new baby, that it is difficult to make time for orthodontic care. Therefore, beginning orthodontic treatment while pregnant makes more sense. Others decide to wait until after their baby is born to correct orthodontic conditions. 

Schedule a Free Orthodontic Consultation in Las Cruces

At Las Cruces Orthodontics, we are here to answer any questions you have about beginning treatment with braces or Invisalign while pregnant. As a proud father of six, Dr. Keith Coombs will help you decide whether getting braces while pregnant is the right choice for you. To schedule a consultation, call 575-640-3367, or send us a message to request a free consultation..