Smoking and Braces

Smoking is not a contraindication for wearing braces, but it does make dental care more difficult, thereby increasing the risk of dental disease. Braces prevent the toothbrush from reaching hard-to-reach places, so often people notice that their teeth have turned yellow after wearing braces.

Smoking effects on health

First, it is important to mention some of the effects that smoking has on the human body:

  • Causes pigmented plaque on the teeth, and with braces, plaque builds up even faster
  • Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the gums, bones, and periodontal ligaments
  • Promotes bone loss and gum disease, which must be treated by a periodontist
Smoking cigarette

Alternatives to cigarettes in the form of vapes and other things are also harmful, for example, liquids contain a lot of sugar.

What to do if you are a smoker and wear braces

If you have decided to undergo orthodontic treatment but are not ready to give up the habit you should:

  • Be honest with your orthodontist and do not hide the fact that you are smoking
  • Choose aligners, they make hygiene much easier,  but keep in mind that removing aligners to smoke may Impact treatment.
  • It is important to brush your teeth regularly. Smokers are recommended to brush their teeth at least four times a day, use a special toothbrush and toothpaste, brushes, flosses and irrigators to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • To avoid complications in the form of cavities, periodontal disease, you need more thorough home care and regular professional hygiene every three months.

Smokers can undergo braces and aligners treatment successfully, but it is best to refrain from smoking during treatment to ensure the desired results.

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