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Can You Have an Allergy on Your Teeth Braces?

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Orthodontic correction systems for straightening teeth can be made of various materials – plastic, metal, ceramic, sapphire polymers, etc. Almost all of them can be an individual allergen to people who have sensitivity issues.

This happens more often than you may think. Not only can the material of braces cause an allergy, but their parts for fixation as well. This is why it is important to consult with an allergist before you do your braces to choose the most optimal material for you.

Manifestations of Allergy on Braces

There are two types and they manifest in the following ways:

  • Allergies to metal. Usually, it looks like a little rash in or around the mouth – where the soft tissues contact with allergenic elements of the braces.
  • Allergies to latex. It happens much rarer but if it does, things can get much worse. You may get oral inflammation, nausea, suffocation, and other unpleasant symptoms.

How Dangerous Is This Allergy?

Patients often don’t pay much attention to the first symptoms of allergy such a small swell or rash. This is not a wise behavior since if neglected, the allergy can increase. How does it progress? The rash becomes worse, starts itching, and turns into ulcers.

The swells are dangerous because they can even threaten your life. Let’s see how far they can go.

  • Throat swelling can lead to suffocation and make breathing impossible
  • Ear swelling leads to pain and hearing impairment
  • Nasal swelling causes allergic sinusitis
  • General swelling causes allergic conjunctivitis that makes eyes sore and tearful

There can also be a lowered arterial pressure, nausea, pain in the stomach, and digestive disorders as the allergy gets worse.

Diagnostics and Prevention

In any case, teeth braces can be completely safe if you carefully choose the material compatible with your body. If you are aware of any allergies you may have, consult with your allergist. Today, it is possible to choose any material for each specific need.

If no allergy bothered you before, you can take several tests that will show you all the risks if there are any. You can ask your dentist for some samples of the materials he or she uses to know for sure whether your body is tolerant to these materials.

After you wear your new braces, be especially attentive to what is going on with your body. Following the rules of care and hygiene that your doctor provides, you will minimize any unpleasant manifestations your teeth braces may bring.

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