The adverse effects of smoking on general health are well known, and not less popular are those that threaten oral health.
Smoking patients have common concerns about oral cancer, dental stains, pigmentation of tongue cheeks and gums, bad breath, bone and gum reabsorption.
In addition to these concerns, a disturbing fact for the smoker is that, during an orthodontic treatment, smoking considerably increases the chances of pigmenting teeth with black spots, almost as dark as those of a cow. Stains difficult to treat by a dentist.
A study with nicotine performed in rats showed a greater deterioration and damage in the bone that supports the teeth while treatment was done with brackets, which resulted in loose and elongated teeth.
The movement of the teeth with brackets is done through calibrated forces that cause the reabsorption of the bone to allow the displacement of a tooth. These reservations are reversible: their firmness returns time after splinting.
During the administration of nicotine, there is a greater reabsorption of bone that can become irreversible, even after prolonged use of the splint. That is, the teeth are re-encased after using the brackets.
You already have one more reason to quit smoking. If you think about correcting your teeth, you must first correct your habits.