I want fixed braces but am worried than my diabetes will affect my treatment.

Q.
hello Mr Hutchinson, I am in a bit of bother over getting braces. I have decided to not go with the Inman or Invisalign or anything I think full fixed braces- though disgusting will work better , all the time and I have seen first hand people who have had them and the results they have obtained with them. the only issue i have is that i have had for as long as i can remember type 2 diabetes. I haven’t got gum disease and all my teeth are in rude health, I have had an oral cancer screening to make sure I didn’t have that (leaving no stone unturned) as I know that your mouth has to be in the best condition it can be in before having a brace. I just wanted to know if diabetes could affect the chances of me getting a brace- and whether or not there is anything I should know if not. what are your thoughts? thanks for this
A.
Simple answer – no.
There may be a slightly higher level of glucose in your saliva – not a problem – but make sure you use a fluoride mouthwash – anything from the supermarket will be fine.

Just thought – make sure you keep up your food intake as some people lose weight with braces as they don’t feel like eating (tooth ache) so make sure you check your insulin levels if you do eat less

Your right to go with fixed appliances !

Dr Ian Hutchinson

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