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Orthodontics during pregnancy

12/11/2000

Question:

Are there any risks when you have braces and are pregnant?

Answer:

There have not been any reported risks to a pregnancy as the result of placing or treating patients with orthodontic appliances ( braces). The concern comes in the beginning during the first trimester when radiographs ( x-rays ) should be avoided. Radiographs are an essential part of the diagnosis and treatment planning. With modern equipment and the future use of digital radiography these risks are even further minimized.

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Response by:

Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University