Debra Lynn Dadd

Orthodonic work (braces) and safety


Dear Debra,

I may need to have some orthodontic work done by the dentist, and wear braces for a time.

This is metal, plastic, and rubber in my mouth for an extended period of time.

There is a chance I may also need a retainer, too.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this in terms of health.


POSTED BY LISA :: ARIZONA USA :: 12/01/2008 10:26 AM


I am not sure I am qualified to give an opinion on this as I have not thoroughly researched this. But I'll say this...

Whenever you have plastic or metal in your mouth for an extended period of time, it could leach into your body. How much or what effect it would have, I don't know. Readers, anyone have experience with this?

I do want to mention that in the 1930s, Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist, traveled around the world to study the diets of traditional cultures. Dr. Price had noticed that the children in his practice had dental problems that their parents did not--more tooth decay and teeth that did not fit properly into the dental arch, which were crowded and crooked. He subsequently studied "primitive" peoples and found that when they ate their traditional diet, they had all thirty-two teeth, perfectly fitting into the dental arch, and perfectly formed. When they began to eat a modern diet, they had dental decay and bore children, in the very next generation, with crooked and crowded teeth. This is well documented in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Braces wouldn't be necessary if we ate foods in their natural state, not just additive-free, but as nature intended.

Debra :-)


First, I wonder if Lisa would benefit from consulting a naturopath. You say that we wouldn't need braces if we ate foods as nature intended.

I appreciate this viewpoint, and the work that Dr. Price did, but I don't think this statement is accurate or helpful. I was born with cranial facial anomalies and wore braces for five years as a preteen and teenager. One could argue that the genetic mutuation which caused these anomalies (and which also required me to have extensive reconstructive surgery on my skull and face) might have been prevented had my parents let a natural, chemical-free, additive-free life, but we don't know this to be the case, and again, it's not helpful.

Somehow, we need to marry modern medicine with the rerediscovery of (or reunification with) more natural ways of being which we now know to be healthier.

I suspect that a naturopath could help the original poster mittigate the effects of any dental or orthodontic work she needs done. (mthe holistic health practitioner I consult has had extensive dental work, and has fillings in almost every tooth; had she known what she knows now, she cprobably could have prevented this, but she is, inspite of the dental work, very healthy).

Forgive me for the very long, and not very helpful comment. I admire all that you do, and respect that you did say you haven't researched this topic fully. I just wanted to add another perspective, that sometimes things are necessary, but we can help ourselves get through them.

POSTED BY R :: VIRGINIA USA :: 12/08/2008 5:16 PM

Lisa, how badly you would be effected would depend on how chemically sensitive you are. I am very sensitive and wearing braces made me more ill. You can have a compatibility test done, but this did not work for me. It showed that certain dental products should be safe for me, but they weren't. If you are ill already, I would recommend you not do braces unless absolutely needed. I you are not ill (no symptoms) then you might give it a try, and then do a detox after you get them removed. I know this isn't much help. Good luck.

POSTED BY NELL :: COLORADO USA :: 12/08/2008 5:20 PM

I am looking into having my palate widened instead of braces. Dr. Raymond Silkman has a great article on the Weston A Price site that talks about this. You should read it. Just seearc his name and it shoulld come up. He also does the palate widening, he is located in CA.

POSTED BY LS :: ARKANSAS USA :: 12/10/2008 10:58 AM

Almost every teenager I know has braces. I am almost certain that my braces caused all sorts of health issues for me and I have problems with my jaw today that I didn't when I started orthodontic work. My children have been fed exclusively breastmilk and then a traditional/raw food diet from birth and my oldest already has problems with the alignment of her teeth. I do believe Weston A Price's findings, but I think there is more to it. Maybe it is related to toxins or that our food does not have the nutrients it once did or that our digestion is poor. Whatever the cause is, it is tough issue, especially as a parent. The last thing I want is for my children to be teased or looked down upon because they do not have straight teeth. But their health and the need to reduce the toxins they are exposed to is also extremely important to me.

POSTED BY LEAH :: MICHIGAN USA :: 12/19/2008 3:21 PM

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