Can braces help with
gum recession? Answering common questions about gum recession
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is a fairly common dental issue that makes your gums recede, exposing more of your teeth and their roots. Many people do not know they receding gums, because gum recession happens gradually and often goes unnoticed.
Is gum recession bad?
The problem that comes with receding gums is that it makes it easier for bacteria to build up in the pockets and gaps caused by the recession. Neglecting to treat it may eventually lead to the weakening of tooth bone structure and even tooth loss in severe circumstances.
If you think your gums are receding, be sure to make and appointment with your dentist or orthodontist. There are treatment options that can halt further recession and surgical options in severe cases.
Can braces help with gum recession?
Braces can be used to straighten teeth, correct jaw problems such as malocclusion, and greatly improve your overall oral health. You may find that realigning your teeth may slightly improve recession, but braces cannot fix receding gums or prevent it from happening.
Can you get braces with gum recession?
Before you are considered for braces, your orthodontist will examine the condition of your oral health. Your bite, gums and teeth will be assessed to ensure you are eligible for braces. You may find that some braces will better suit your condition. In most cases, you will be able to have braces even with receding gums, your orthodontist will tailor your treatment according to your personal requirements.
Can braces cause gum recession?
Braces are designed to reposition your teeth to help with oral functions such as biting, speech and enhancing your smile. As your teeth are moved into their new, correct positions, your gums will follow the same transition. The amount your gums will or won’t recede is dependant on the severity of your dental requirements. For example, patients who require extensive orthodontic treatment may see slightly more recession than those who only require minor intervention.
Braces are designed to improve oral health and greatly improve the aesthetics of your mouth. Major gum recession is unlikely and if you do experience some recession it is usually minor and can easily be fixed.
What to do if you have gum recession?
For patients looking to prevent receding gums with braces, you will have to wait for your treatment to finish.
There are some brilliant treatments for those looking to rectify receding gums, such as pinhole gum rejuvenation. You may not experience any noticeable problems regarding your races and gum recession but if you do, our team will be more than happy to provide treatment options and advice.
What causes gum recession?
- Gum disease – bacterial gum infections are among the most common issues we face. If gum disease is not treated swiftly, it will worsen and can lead to painful inflammation and even tooth loss.
- Brushing too hard – many patients are unaware that vigorous brushing can do more harm than good. While it is important to keep your gums healthy and clean, be sure to brush gently using a soft toothbrush.
- Genetics – you may find that despite following a healthy oral healthcare routine, you are still more susceptible to gum disease than others. Unfortunately, this is likely down to genetics. For more information on ways you can tackle this, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our friendly team members.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) – people who grind their teeth may be more susceptible. Bruxism is usually the result of stress, a misaligned bite and jaw conditions.
For more information on braces and gum recession
Our team at Splash Orthodontics are dedicated to providing patients across Brighton and Hove with exceptional orthodontic treatment. We offer a number of braces options to patients of all ages to help them rectify oral issues and regain their confidence.
Please do not hesitate to speak to one of our team members today about gum recession and braces treatment.