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A female asked:

My orthodontist never told me i needed a frenectomy (braces have been off for 3 years), and now a slight gap is visible, what can i do next?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Have it done.: If your orthodontist feels that the gap formation was influenced by the frenum attachment then see if your orthodontist or dentist can do it for you, or ask them to refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist to have it done. After that talk to your orthodontist about closing the gap. Remember, It is very common for teeth to drift back to their pre-orthodontic position.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Gap: Might not be from frenum. Might be from gaps in retainer wear. See your Orthodontist for a reexamination. Perhaps space should be closed again. Another choice would be to have your Dentist restore the teeth. Would also advise seeing Periodontist's for evaluation of frenum.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Try: wearing your upper retainer for a week (all the time) and see if the gap doesn't close. If your retainers don't fit then there's your problem - not a frenectomy.

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