Vaping and Orthodontics
E-cigarette and vaping is dangerous, especially for children, teenagers, and young adults, because the brain is still developing. While experts are unsure of the full extent of the negative health effects caused by e-cigarettes, they do agree that the puff isn’t worth the potential cost of someone’s health. With the increasing popularity of vaping, it is critical to understand that it can result in similar irreversible oral damage.
This damage can lead to gum disease, gum tissue death, and, in some cases, tooth loss.
These negative effects on your oral health are an unnecessary risk if you have braces. The Texas Association of Orthodontists has compiled all the information you need to know about braces and vaping.
Will vaping effect my orthodontic treatment?
It is possible that vaping will have an impact on the success of your treatment. Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they do contain nicotine, which can be harmful to your oral health. Nicotine can cause your gums to recede and gum tissues to die by decreasing blood flow. It may also result in gum swelling and inflammation, an increased risk of cavities, and tooth sensitivity.
Tooth loss is also a possibility. Bacteria and tooth decay, combined with nicotine’s dry mouth, create the ideal environment for gum disease.
Why nicotine’s effects are important to the success of your treatment
Your orthodontist will evaluate the health of your gums and teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. To ensure that your mouth is healthy, you must have a periodontal check-up with your general dentist before beginning treatment.
Vaping can hasten gum damage, making it more difficult for your teeth and gums to respond to orthodontic treatment. If you vape, your teeth will not move as quickly, and your treatment will take longer. Because of the increased risk of gum disease, you may also experience a tendency for teeth to revert to their original positions after treatment is completed.
Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment in your oral health that takes time and effort to achieve the healthy smile you’ve always desired. To achieve the smile you desire while keeping your mouth healthy, it is best to avoid vaping.
Orthodontic Care You Can Trust
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the specialists at Texas Association of Orthodontists have the experience to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile. To learn more about your options for braces and to schedule your appointment, find an orthodontist near you.