It is well known that smoking is not good for oral health, but many people do not consider vaping as much of a health concern as smoking. This is just not true. Smoking and vaping cause very similar irreversible damage to not only your oral health but your overall health as well.
Damage such as gum tissue necrosis, gum disease, and tooth loss can be caused by smoking or vaping, there is no distinction when it comes to the effects on your mouth, teeth, and body.
Although E-cigarettes do not use tobacco, they do still contain nicotine which can cause such health risks for your mouth as:
- reduction in blood flow: leading to gum tissue receding or dying altogether
- Inflammation and swelling of the gums
- tooth sensitivity
- increased risk of cavities and tooth decay
- dry mouth
- Increased bacteria growth
- gum disease
- tooth loss
Can vaping affect the success of my orthodontic treatment?
The short answer is yes. When determining if a patient should invest in orthodontic treatment, one of the main things your orthodontist will look at is the overall health of your gums and your teeth. You will generally have a periodontal (gum) check-up with your dentist or periodontist to determine if your mouth and gums are healthy enough to undergo treatment. With all the health issues that can develop from smoking and vaping, your gum health will decline, making treatment unsuccessful and ill-advised.
Vaping will greatly accelerate damage to your teeth and gums, reducing the ability for your teeth and gums to properly respond to braces, and dramatically increase the treatment length and expense. Relapses are also common post-treatment due to the higher likelihood of gum disease developing over time the longer you vape.
The health issues associated with vaping are preventable. If you decide to make the investment into orthodontic treatment, don’t cheat yourself from gaining the beautiful, confident, healthy smile you so deserve. Don’t risk your health or your smile.
If you are ready to get started with your orthodontic treatment, give us a call today at 512-337-2325. Let us help you get your perfect SmileOn today!