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Will having bulimia affect my braces?

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Posted by: iamtheknight  (9 years ago)
So, I have had braces for more than a year now and they should be coming off soon. I have developed eating disorder a little over a month now. (I've sought professional help and I am now on therapy). Will being bulimic ruin my braces? What kind of effect this would have on my teeth? I would appreciate your help! Thanks:-)
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
No ur braces r less likely to be affected BUT u r at greater risk of loosing tooth tissue by erosion ..
You were diagnosed as bulimic? Does it mean you usually get rid
of the calories consumed by "vomiting" Sorry for using this word. I will just explain wat is bulimia to explain how could it affect your teeth.
When you vomit up food u also vomit acidic components of stomach. This high concentrated acid would dissolve tooth enamel (outer layer of tooth) by repetitive exposure to acids. This process is called pathological tooth surface loss with most likely reason being erosion (acidic dissolution of teeth substance).
I understand u have no control over this but m really glad u r being treated for that. There are somethings u can do to try to minimize or slowdown the process of tooth erosion:
1. rinse out ur mouth straight away after vomiting.
2. Do not brush ur teath straight away, give ur mouth sometime to return to it's normal PH, otherwise u'll contribute the surface loss by wat's called attrition (tooth surface loss by mechanical means i.e brushing).
3. Chew something that stimulate ur saliva production (suger free gum )
4. Do not suck lemon drops (acidic) as this might contribute to the tooth surface loss.
5. Most importantly, visit ur dentist as some sort of palatal coverage might be considered (by palatal surfaces of teeth I mean the surfaces (upper and lower)that r facing the tongue) as this is the most susceptible site for erosion in ur case
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Posted by: iamtheknight  (9 years ago)
Thank you so much for your advice Manchy.:-) I didn't know at first but I make myself throw up after eating. I then observed that I can no longer control it. My mom suggested that I will seek help, that's when it was confirmed that I am bulimic.
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
No worries. Sorry to hear that but m sure u'll get all the help and assistance u need to help u through this.
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Posted by: shopaholichick  (9 years ago)
Hi,

I wore braces before and while wearing them, I became bulimic for a little more than a month only. It left stains on my teeth, luckily no bracket fell off. When my braces came off, I had my teeth bleached and the stains were removed. I wish you the best on your therapy.
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So, I have had braces for more than a year now and they should be coming off soon. I have developed eating disorder a little over a month now. (I've sought professional help and I am now on therapy). Will being bulimic ruin my braces? What kind of effect this would have on my teeth? I would appreciate your help! Thanks:-)

Yep, the acid caused by bullemia will cause white rings to form around each bracket, and they won't come off. Best to either cure the habit or have the braces off ASAP.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 9 years ago
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