Clearing the Air About Vaping and Orthodontic Treatment
Smokers have long been warned about the negative effects tobacco use has on oral health. But what about vaping, which users may consider to be safer than cigarettes because it doesn’t rely on tobacco to deliver nicotine? The bad news is that the irreversible damage that vaping can cause is similar to the risks of smoking. Vaping can trigger gum disease, kill gum tissue and even cause vapers to lose their teeth.
The orthodontists at Orthodontics, Inc. want our patients to know that vaping is a major obstacle to receiving successful treatment. Candidates for our treatments including braces and aligners need to have healthy teeth and gums. Even before beginning treatment, patients must have a comprehensive periodontal (gum) examination with a periodontist or general dentist. If the examination identifies gum damage caused or accelerated by vaping, this could affect orthodontic treatment because the patient’s teeth may not respond to attempts to change their position — or they may return to their previous positions after treatment.
The list of negative effects on oral health caused by nicotine is a long one. This toxic, addictive ingredient reduces the circulation of blood, triggering gum recession and disease, inflammation and swelling. Dry mouth, tooth sensitivity and tooth decay are also among the effects. And while vaping doesn’t stain the teeth in the same way as cigarettes containing tar, some vaping products may add coloring agents that can produce staining.
The orthodontists at Orthodontics, Inc. have the expertise and state-of-the-art techniques and treatments to deliver healthy, radiant, long-lasting smiles to our patients. We suggest that if you are considering orthodontic treatment, the chances for success will be reduced if you are using vaping or other smoking products. Please contact our office today to learn more about how good oral health can provide the foundation for achieving a smile you’ll be proud of for years to come.