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A 17-year-old female asked:

Can my nickel/silver allergy be the cause of my gums swelling around my braces, despite how often i brush my teeth/floss?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 56 years experience
SS Band allergy?: It's more likely physical irritation and plaque accumulation although some individual may have a soft tissue reaction to foreign materials such as stainless steel bands. This should be discussed with your Orthodontist who can determine what's going on in your particular case and make suggestions and\or modifications if necessary.
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possible allergy: There are several different types of dental brackets. Brackets are composed of composites of different metals including silver, nickel, gold, copper, magnesium etc. Allergy to can cause swelling and inflammation. You should talk with your orthodontist about which type of dental bracket was used.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Talk to your Orthodontist. Consultations with Allergist and with Periodontist may be in order.
Jun 5, 2014
Last updated Mar 29, 2018


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