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Tobacco Use During Orthodontic Treatment

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It’s common knowledge that smoking cigarettes and using tobacco in any capacity can be harmful to overall health. Smoking causes problems in the throat and lungs but can also damage teeth and the soft tissues of the mouth.

Smoking During Orthodontic Treatment

Smoking constricts blood vessels in the bone, ligaments, and gum tissues. It also contributes to gum disease and periodontitis. Below are a few ways that smoking can damage teeth and braces:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Stained, yellow teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Delayed healing time following dental procedures
  • Risk of oral cancer
  • Staining of the teeth around the brackets
  • Buildup of plaque and tartar around the gum-line and brackets

Smoking can make you more prone to dental plaque, which reduces the mouth’s ability to fight tartar buildup and tooth decay. Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we recommend quitting your smoking habit before receiving orthodontic treatment. This way you can enjoy your new straight and healthy smile.

To make an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation, please contact Lockett Orthodontics today. Our office is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Posted on Dec 17, 2019

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