The 7 Reasons Why Smoking Affects your Braces
One of the principal reasons people choose to wear braces is to have an attractive smile and to give their confidence a well-deserved boost. We all are well informed about the effects of smoking on our general health and the same is true of dental health. Nevertheless, many people still smoke and just as many need advice when it comes to caring for their teeth and their braces. I Love Straight Teeth can give you all the help you need whether you have fixed or removable braces.
Can you wear braces and still smoke?
Yes, is the answer, but it is not a good idea. There are seven good reasons why smoking is a problem and why you cannot be sure of a good outcome.
- Gum disease
- Stained, yellow teeth
- Plaque, leading to decay and bone loss
- Bad breath
- Risk of oral cancer
- Extended healing time
- More cleaning and care of braces and teeth
Smoking can damage and weaken the gum tissue around your teeth. If the gums and bone do not remain strong, this can alter the outcome and prognosis of your treatment. With braces, your teeth gently move into a new position and finally need to heal in place. The time it takes for the bones to heal will be extended if you smoke.
Smoking will discolour your braces. The two most popular treatments we offer are clear fixed braces and Lingual braces and the good reason our patients chose either of these is because they are so discreet. Clear braces can give you a straighter smile quickly and Lingual are fixed to the reverse side of the teeth so they can’t be seen and also straighten teeth in just four to nine months; far quicker than conventional braces.
However, clear braces are tooth coloured to make them discreet and both types involve brackets and wires which, in the case of smokers, become badly discoloured. The brackets and wires turn pale yellow which shows up against the darker yellow staining of the teeth ruining the subtle effect of invisible braces. Staining from tobacco can affect the enamel of your teeth at a deeper level and cannot always be removed with brushing.
Once the brackets are removed, it is possible the teeth will have a lighter coloured spot where the surrounding area has been stained.If you wear removable braces, such as Invisalign, made of a clear material to be invisible, they too can become stained by excessive smoking.
Smoking affects your oral health
Smoking can make the teeth more susceptive to plaque and tartar build-up, which is the principal cause of gum disease, decay and bad breath. Tissues and bones need to be free of disease-causing bacteria for braces to work. Tobacco increases the risk of developing gum disease, a condition that leads to tooth and bone loss. This can significantly slow down the whole process of straightening your teeth, preventing you achieving an attractive smile sooner.
Extra Care with Smoking
Your teeth require lots of care. The care you need to keep your braces clean if you smoke is doubled. The best way to maintain healthy teeth is to brush for longer when you brush twice a day and flossing on a regular basis will help remove plaque where the toothbrush cannot reach. Though it is strongly advised by dentists not to smoke, we do offer treatments that can help remove the stains.
Are you a smoker looking to start braces or wearing braces? Please post your comment below we would love to hear your personal experience.