While in dental school, dentists are taught that when treating pregnant women, they need to avoid introducing chemicals that might harm the baby in the first trimester, in the second-trimester scheduling routine dental work is okay and in the third trimester whenever possible, avoid stress on the mother by limiting care to dental emergencies.
So, if you’re looking for ways to straighten your teeth, then invisible aligners are a really good option. Not only are they generally safe during pregnancy but invisible aligners, a popular alternative to traditional metal braces, are more affordable than porcelain veneers.
Invisible aligners are a method of straightening teeth that is discreet and convenient and align your teeth in about a year. If you’ve just begun the treatment to get your teeth straightened or planning to start the process, you can get the aligners treatment without having any effect upon your unborn child. If you are currently pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, as long as all x-rays and scans are completed before conception, invisible aligners can be safely worn during pregnancy. Rest assured that orthodontic treatment will not place any stress on your baby.
Fortunately, to have invisible aligners, you do not need to have anaesthesia or other medications, so you don’t have to worry about taking an unsafe drug while you’re pregnant. It is important to understand that while it’s safe to wear Invisalign aligners while pregnant, your treatment may be more challenging for a few reasons.
Since pregnancy hormones may make your teeth looser than usual, changes to your original orthodontic treatment plan may be necessary. In addition, pregnancy hormones may affect how your body responds to oral bacteria and plaque and cause swollen gums and a bit more discomfort.
If you do wish to get invisible aligners while pregnant, it’s best to begin the treatment about a month before you conceive so that your mouth can have some time to adjust. In the event this is not an option; you should consider starting treatment during the second trimester when morning symptoms are typically no longer present.
While the dentist might need to bond small composite tabs to your teeth to help the aligners grip and move them, our aligners are BPA free, and treatment is FDA approved, which is prescribed by our licensed and experienced orthodontist to straighten your teeth. It’s also still very important to maintain regular hygiene appointments to keep your gums and teeth healthy during your pregnancy.