Pregnancy is an amazing and complex time. You stretch and grow to give life to a new person, while still working and living your own life. Your hormones change. Your body changes. Did you know that as you get older, your teeth can change, too? Hormone fluctuation during pregnancy, can trigger a number of responses in your mouth. Your gums can become swollen or tender. But while these changes are normal, they aren’t very welcome. As you’re looking in the mirror to see what’s wrong, you may also notice how your teeth are starting to shift or wear down. Either you aren’t still wearing your retainer from high school, or you never got the chance at straightening your teeth at all. Here’s the Kicker Having crooked teeth puts your smile – and your baby – at risk. Misaligned teeth are at a significantly increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these infections can be passed to your baby. In fact, having gum disease while you’re pregnant can predispose you to preeclampsia and premature labor. Straightening your smile and routine dental cleanings are a great way to boost your oral hygiene to reduce bacteria between your teeth and gums. Invisalign is a Convenient Option for Adult Braces Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re stuck with crooked teeth for the rest of your life. Park Smiles offers Invisalign, a discreet orthodontic system that can straighten your smile in a relatively short amount of time. The series of custom made, clear plastic aligners fit over your teeth, and gently apply pressure to correct alignment issues. In a period of twelve to eighteen months, your smile will be more beautiful and more confident! You might be thinking, “But I don’t have time to go to one more doctor’s office! I still have to take my kids to their appointments and make my own regular visits! I can’t fit in another appointment every month!” We hear you. At Park Smiles NYC, you can have your own dental and orthodontic checkups at the same time as your children. What a great opportunity to show your little ones that dental care is important, not scary, and can make you feel great! Don’t wait another day to get a smile make over. Call our NYC office to schedule your next visit, or your “mommy and me appointment.” With a straighter, brighter smile, you’ll be able to have the healthy smile that both you and your baby deserve.