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Medical and Dental Considerations When Living with Nickel Allergy

Nickel Allergy and Dental Work

Nickel allergy is rarely written down when filling out a patient history prior to seeing the doctor or dentist. 
Nickel is often used in wires used for braces.

However, many medical and dental items do contain nickel. 

Nickel has been used in dentistry for more than eighty years in both restorative work (fillings, crowns, bridges, partial dentures) and orthodontic appliances (wires, bands, brackets, etc.). 

Nickel is used in dentistry for several reasons. First, it makes a soft metal like gold harder. Secondly, combined with titanium, nickel becomes a shape-memory alloy used in orthodontics. Finally, nickel is inexpensive. 

The amount of nickel used in dental items can range from a few percent to over 50%. 

To limit exposure to nickel, inform your health care provider that you are nickel allergic. 

If at all possible, confirm with the manufacturer of any dental appliances that the item is free of nickel prior to usage. 

Reactions to orthodontics are rare, but if you are concerned about possible reactions from the use of nickel containing dental materials, contact your dentist or orthodontist. 

Nickel Allergy and Medical Considerations

Nickel is also used in a variety of surgical implant materials and biomedical devices. Stents may use a combination of nickel-titanium for shape-memory 

Nickel is contained in many implanted biomechanical devices.  Let your doctor know that you are nickel allergic.

properties. Surgical staples made from stainless steel contain nickel that provides strength, bendability without breaking, and resistance to corrosion. 

Nickel can also be found in surgical implants (knees, hips, etc.) and OB/GYN devices like some IUD's and sterilization devices. 

Complications from nickel containing devices are rare. 

To limit exposure to nickel, inform your health care provider that you are nickel allergic. 

If at all possible, confirm with the manufacturer of any device to be implanted that the item is free of nickel prior to usage. 

If you are concerned about possible reactions from the use of nickel-containing devices, contact your physician or specialist.

 

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How to Measure Your Belt Size

Most of our belts are sized from the Buckle Fold to the Middle Hole. A 36” belt will have a center hole at 36” and two holes on either side of the center spaced 1” apart each. A 36” belt can be worn as small as 34” and as big as 38”.

There are several options to determine your ideal belt size.

The ideal way is to measure your waist through your belt loops. This measurement is the size of belt you should purchase (i.e. if you have a 34” measurement, order a 34” belt).

An alternative option is to measure your old belt from the  Buckle Fold to the Hole you use. If your belt measures 38” from buckle fold to the hole you use most; then order a 38” belt. This will give you a belt with 2 holes either side of the hole you use most.

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