A 31-year-old member asked:
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got my braces off and my gums are swollen. is this normal?

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
55 years experience Periodontics
See a periodontist: With braces the gums can become very irritated and swollen have a periodontist check you out to make sure there are no deposits below your gums and teach you how to manage your gums now that your braces are off. If there is no problem with your gums then they should heal within a few days.
Answered on Jan 27, 2015
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Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Very Common.: Make an appointment with your Dentist for an exam and a cleaning with the Hygienist. Be sure to ask the Dentist to check for any remaining bonding left over from the brackets, and have it carefully removed. Make a second cleaning appointment for 3 months to stay on top of it. Get your electric toothbrush and waterpik going and get these tissues in optimum shape. Plenty of good Dentists in Philly.
Answered on May 19, 2015
Dr. Hessam Rahimi
9 years experience Orthodontics
Yep if u didnt brush: Gums swell up when you don't keep it clean throughout treatment. When braces are there, you don't see your gums as swollen as when the braces are removed (they mask the swelling). To get your gums to behave again, brush allot, floss and get a cleaning asap :)
Answered on May 4, 2017

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Dr. Gary Klugman
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It happens: It is common but doesn't need to happen with good home care. Likely they will shrink up with professional care and your good home care.
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Proper OHI: Swollen gum usually are due to poor oral hygiene, once cleaning is done, gum should go back to normal within days.
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Consult Orthodontist: Generally braces tend to not allow proper oral hygiene resulting in plaque/tar accumulation resulting in irritated gums. Proper hygiene and frequent( ... Read More
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