How can I safely straighten my teeth during pregnancy? I planned on getting porcelain veneers next February because I want straight teeth. Now, I am pregnant and don’t want to introduce any dental chemicals into my body until the baby is delivered. And as I am typing this, I’ll probably have the same concerns while I’m breastfeeding for a year. What chemicals should I be concerned about with porcelain veneers? – Fatu from CT
While in dental school, dentists are taught the following regarding dental treatment during pregnancy.
- First trimester – Avoid introducing chemicals that might harm the baby
- Second trimester – Scheduling routine dental work is okay
- Third trimester – Whenever possible, avoid stress on the mother by limiting care to dental emergencies
Are Porcelain Veneers Safe During Pregnancy?
Only local anesthetic—one of the safest medications—is used if you choose porcelain veneers for teeth alignment. Lidocaine is a commonly used local anesthetic that is proven to be safe during pregnancy.
Your concerns are understandable. If you want straighter teeth but don’t want porcelain veneers throughout your pregnancy and during breastfeeding, there is an alternative.
Invisalign During Pregnancy
A typical Invisalign case can be completed in a year or less. Although porcelain veneers are a faster way to align your teeth, if you wait until the baby is delivered and breastfeeding is complete, you’ll have 19 months to complete Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is more affordable than porcelain veneers. Your dentist might need to bond small composite tabs to your teeth to help the aligners grip and move them. You will also wear BPA-free, medical-grade aligners to straighten your teeth.
Maintain regular hygiene appointments to keep your gums and teeth healthy during pregnancy. Before you receive Invisalign or any other dental treatment, your dentist will review your medical and dental histories to ensure you’re a candidate. You’ll undoubtedly weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether to proceed with dental treatment.
Metairie, Louisiana, cosmetic dentist Dr. Duane Delaune sponsors this post.