Possible Risks of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is generally safe and well-tolerated, but as with any medical procedure, there may be some potential risks. It’s important to be aware of these risks and take appropriate measures to minimise them.
1. Toothache And Mild Discomfort
During the initial stages of orthodontic treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort as your mouth adjusts to the braces and your teeth begin to shift. This discomfort is normal and varies from person to person. Over-the-counter pain relief can help alleviate any discomfort during this time.
2. Scratches And Ulcers
Wearing braces, especially in the initial phase, may cause small scratches and ulcers on the inside of your mouth. This discomfort is temporary and typically resolves within a few days as your mouth gets accustomed to the braces’ shape. Using orthodontic wax can provide immediate relief and protect your mouth during this period.
3. Gum Infection
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum infections and gingivitis, which may slow down your treatment progress. Regular professional dental cleanings and adhering to your orthodontist’s guidance can help prevent gum infections and support the success of your braces treatment.
4. Enamel Demineralisation
Enamel demineralisation, or the wearing away of tooth enamel, can occur with fixed orthodontic appliances like braces. It is primarily caused by sugary foods and beverages, which initiate a decay process on the enamel. To reduce the risk of demineralisation, avoid sugary items, brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and use fluoride moutwash regularly.
5. Root Shortening
In rare cases, some patients may experience root shortening during orthodontic treatment. While generally not significant, root shortening may occasionally affect the longevity of a tooth. However, the vast majority of patients do not experience this issue, and your orthodontist will regularly monitor your teeth for any signs of concern.
6. Tooth Vitality
In rare instances, orthodontic treatment may exacerbate pre-existing dental conditions, such as trauma or decay, leading to potential tooth discoloration or the need for root canal treatment. However, these cases are infrequent and can be assessed and monitored by our qualified orthodontists.