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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 103-106

Considerations for the orthodontic treatment during pregnancy

Department of Orthodontics, Rama Dental College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Avesh Sachan
Department of Orthodontics, Rama Dental College, Kanpur - 208 024, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-3825.123321

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Pregnant women are advised against doing many things during their pregnancy, from taking certain types of medication, to eating some foods. However, there is no real reason why pregnant women should not have orthodontic treatment. For pregnant women orthodontic treatment is typically considered to be a safe, but with some precaution. Some local and systemic conditions limit the treatment modalities. There are some considerations for pregnant women to take into account. Sensitivity is often heightened during pregnancy and this may mean that braces seem a little more uncomfortable than usual; it is also worth bearing in mind that most painkillers are off-limits during pregnancy and hence patient will have to battle through any pain without taking medication. Hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can increase the risk of swollen, sore gums and braces may irritate the gums. Hormonal changes and drugs can affect the orthodontic tooth movement. If patient have braces are pregnant and have concerns about their braces, it is important for patients to see their orthodontist on a regular basis during pregnancy.

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