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Can I Wear Braces If I'm Pregnant?

For women who are expecting, safety is a top priority. Growing another human is a big responsibility, and any woman wants to make sure that what she is putting into her body will not harm her developing child. If you are a pregnant woman with misaligned teeth, you may be asking yourself, is it safe for me to wear braces while pregnant?

Can I Wear Braces While Pregnant?

In short, the answer is yes. There are little to no risks associated with the conventional care that comes along with maintaining braces. However, the x-rays, which are used to diagnose your treatment properly, are best performed before pregnancy. While studies have shown that the risk of harm to an unborn baby during routine dental x-rays is minimal, some women would rather not take any chance at all. If you are considering getting braces in the near future, but are also thinking of becoming pregnant sometime soon, it is best to schedule your x-rays as soon as you can so that you do not face this issue.

Gum Changes During Pregnancy

One issue that women may run into while pregnant is increased swelling of the gums due to increased blood volume during pregnancy. Braces may increase irritation with pregnant women’s gums. However, this swelling can easily be managed and the pain associated with the swelling is minimal.

Cravings During Pregnancy

A common side effect of pregnancy is experiencing very specific cravings for certain foods. While most of these foods are okay to eat with braces, there are certain foods you will want to avoid. These include:

  • Popcorn
  • Hard and sticky candies
  • Hard pretzels
  • Tortilla chips

With braces, always remember to avoid eating whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and corn on the cob. This is easily accomplished by simply cutting the fruits and vegetables into manageable pieces. Use your best judgment when it comes to eating foods that could cause issues with your braces.

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Still wondering if it’s the right time to align your smile? Call Speaks Orthodontics today for a free consultation! You can reach us at (720) 513-3743. We hope to hear from you soon!