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I think I may be allergic to my braces

04/09/2009

Question:

Hello, I got my braces on 4 days ago and ever since I have had them on I have had these really really bad pains in my tummy and trouble breathing? What are in the metal braces? I think I could be allergic to them. I also have a Nance in the roof of my mouth and what is that for?

Answer:

There have been reported cases of nickel allergy. Nickel is found in most brackets. Some manufacturers have nickel-free braces so you should discuss this with your doctor. A Nance is used to create anchorage and is an important part of the treatment. Again, ask your doctor about this.

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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