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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mark Feinberg


Swollen, red, and tender gums are commonly experienced by most people who are in the midst of orthodontic treatment. The gums are more likely to swell during orthodontics and controlling the problem can present a bit of a challenge for even the most diligent dental patient. For some patients, the condition is limited to a mild case of gingivitis which will go away when the braces are removed. For other patients, the gums can become permanently overgrown due to years of chronic inflammation. No matter the degree of swelling, it is important to address the issue early on.

What Causes Swollen Gums? Ceramic or metal brackets cemented to your teeth and threaded with wires make thorough toothbrushing a bit more challenging than it used to be. However, cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria is still as important as it has always been, because bacterial plaque can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease, the first stages of which are red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Unfortunately, puberty hormones can also escalate gum disease in young orthodontic patients. Inflamed gums make teeth even more difficult to clean, and eventually this issue can even accelerate if untreated. Besides cleaning challenges, swollen gums can also result from hyperplasia or hypertrophy, conditions in which the gums overgrow because they are overly sensitive to the mere presence of the braces themselves.

Alternate Treatment For Swollen Gums Invisalign is an option for avoiding swollen gums because Invisalign is removable, making it much easier to keep your teeth and gums clean.

Other Benefits Of Invisalign:

• Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including overbite, underbite, crowding, spacing and crossbite

• Allows you to eat the foods you enjoy

• Lets you remove the aligners when you want

• Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening

• Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health

• Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of metal bands, brackets, or wires that may trap food, plaque and irritate your checks and gums like traditional braces do

Consultation For more information about Invisalign, please contact our office to schedule a consultation at 203-513-2014.

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