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Can You Get Veneers During Pregnancy? What Should Be Considered?

A pregnant girl points to her smile.

A beautiful smile is a weapon for women of all ages and positions. Even during pregnancy, expectant mothers can look their best. Modern medicine has all the tools to help with that. Today, when it comes to restoring the smile’s aesthetics, we usually mean the use of veneers. They help to transform the smile and make it bright, white, and attractive.

In this article, a dentist with 25 years of experience will tell you about the following:

  • 1.

    Can you place veneers during pregnancy?

  • 2.

    What are the 5 factors to be considered?

  • 3.

    How to take care of veneers during pregnancy?

What are veneers?

In short, these are ceramic, zirconia, or composite onlays that are placed on the visible surface of the front teeth to hide their aesthetic flaws and restore and create the Hollywood smile. This technique is considered one of the most popular among media personalities, actors, athletes, and everyday people.

How long do veneers last?

For example, porcelain veneers last about 20 years on average. Composite veneers last about 3 to 5 years. Composite and porcelain veneers can be placed during pregnancy – of course, taking into account the factors we will cover later in the article.

What veneers are better: composite or porcelain?

Can you place veneers during pregnancy? General indications and contraindications

Let’s have a look at general indications and contraindications. 

Veneers are indicated in the following situations:

  • Mechanical defects on the teeth (chips, cracks, etc.)

  • Pigmented spots on the enamel

  • Fluorosis

  • Diastomas (gaps between teeth)

  • Mild malocclusion

  • Wear of the tooth enamel after braces or other orthodontic structures.

Veneers are not indicated in the following situations:

  • Moderate to severe malocclusion

  • Absence of chewing teeth

  • Bruxism (nighttime grinding of teeth)

  • Absence of more than 50% of the tooth crown

  • Increased tooth wear.

Veneers are not recommended in case of these diseases and pathological conditions.

Five factors to consider before you place veneers during pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body of an expectant mother begins to undergo a serious change that affects the maxillofacial area. Therefore, to understand when it will be safe for you and your baby to place veneers, we recommend paying attention to 5 factors.

Which trimester?

The first trimester (12 weeks) is the most important. At this stage, all the main processes related to fetal development are established. For example, the placenta and organs of the embryo are formed. In the first 3 months of pregnancy, you should be extremely cautious when it comes to any medical treatment.

Why do dentists not recommend placing veneers in the 1st trimester of pregnancy?

There is a dramatic change in hormonal balance, and there may be a dramatic deficit of vitamins and minerals. This primarily affects the density of tooth enamel – it becomes weak and porous. During the preparation of incisors and canines for veneers, a woman may have an allergic reaction to the preparations or develop an inflammatory process in the future – such as gingivitis. In addition, veneers may simply not hold on to weakened teeth.

The second trimester (13 to 24 weeks) is considered to be the safest. The risk of pregnancy termination is reduced to a minimum due to a well-developed placenta, which reliably protects the baby. In addition, a woman can already be in the dentist’s chair for a long time.

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Doctor’s opinion: What if you had veneers placed before becoming pregnant?

In my practice, I have met patients who have asked whether veneers should be removed while carrying a child. I want to reassure you right away that it is not necessary. What you need to do is to visit a doctor regularly and have a scheduled professional oral hygiene.

If you have a situation where you need emergency dental care, see your dentist to discuss safe treatment options

Single stage implantation

A CT scan or dental X-ray is performed at the preparatory stage to find possible hidden defects. A CT scan is preferable. The dentist gets a high-precision 3D picture, which helps him better assess the condition of the oral cavity. 

If necessary, any pictures (spot, panoramic, 3D) of pregnant women are taken on modern, digital equipment, which gives minimal radiation exposure – one picture should not affect the fetus’s development.

What do pregnant women have to consider before and during a dental scan?
  1. Warn your doctor about the pregnancy and gestational age.
  2. During the procedure in the 1st trimester, use a special protective apron, which does not let the radiation pass through – covering the neck, chest, abdomen, and legs, up to the knees. 
  3. The 2nd and 3rd trimesters are safe to take X-rays – there is no threat to the mother and the baby.

Is anesthesia dangerous?

Here are a few facts about anesthesia:

  • 1.

    It can and should be used by pregnant women – especially if the situation requires it. Local anesthesia will save discomfort while the dentist prepares the teeth for veneers.

  • 2.

    There is no special anesthetic developed for pregnant women, but modern medicine helps to find a safe compound for the expectant mother and her baby.

At Svetlana Dental & Esthetic Center, we use an anesthetic without epinephrine. The preparation and placement of veneers during pregnancy will be comfortable!

Tooth and gum sensitivity

During pregnancy, a woman’s body significantly increases the need for calcium by 1.5 times. If it is not enough, the fetus starts to get the deficit from the bone tissue and hard tissues of the mother’s teeth. In this clinical situation, the remineralizing properties of saliva are reduced and tooth enamel is weakened. This leads to hyperaesthesia, i.e. hypersensitivity of the teeth.

These symptoms occur in about 30% of pregnant women.

Are you experiencing pain while brushing your teeth? The reason may be hormonal shifts in the body, reduced immunity, lack of vitamin C, or insufficient oral hygiene. 

It is important to find an experienced dentist who will take into account all these nuances because before placing veneers, you need to prepare the tooth enamel and remove plaque and calculus.

Our dentist, Dr. Svetlana Anokhina was selected to the “America’s Best Dentists” 2019-2021 Directory!

Your comfort

An important factor is how you will feel during treatment. For example, some are afraid of the sound of a drill or, in general, feel stressed when they get into the dental chair. And some expectant mothers cannot lie on their backs for long periods. In this case, it is possible to postpone the placement of veneers during pregnancy to avoid experiencing negative emotions that can harm the fetus.

What can help reduce the fear of going to the dentist’s office?

As practice shows – trust in the doctor who will perform the treatment. Choose a specialist with an excellent reputation – based on the recommendations of family, friends, or real reviews on the web, – who has appropriate certificates and practical experience under his belt. Make an appointment for a consultation and ask him or her all the questions that interest you.
Note: Can the doctor explain the diagnosis clearly? Can they explain in simple language and objectively orientate the pros and cons of different treatment options? Is it pleasant for you to communicate with them?

How do you know if you can have veneers placed during pregnancy?

pregnant woman at the dentists office

Make an appointment for a consultation with your dentist. Only after an examination, consultation, and diagnosis, they can determine the possibility of placing veneers during pregnancy.

Even if you do not plan to undergo orthopedic treatment, you still need regular dental checkups (every 2-3 months) to check the health of your teeth – whether they are at risk due to lack of calcium

How should you care for veneers during pregnancy?

Dental care during pregnancy is always necessary, whether you wear veneers or not. Let’s list the main procedures that dentists recommend during this period.

  • Brush your teeth with a medium-hard brush and toothpaste that does not contain abrasive ingredients

  • Use mouthwashes. It is helpful to have xylitol in your mouthwash. It prevents the growth of bacteria, reduces the risk of tooth decay, has an antifungal effect, and normalizes the acid-alkaline balance

  • Don’t forget to floss between your teeth.

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