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Doctor insights on: Braces Cause Receding Gums

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Does having braces cause gum receding?

Does having braces cause gum receding?

Not smart: Braces don't cause gum recession. Improper oral hygiene and/or positioning teeth outside of proper bone support can cause recession. If concerned, ask your orthodontic specialist and your general dentist to have you evaluated by a periodontist. Read more

Receding Gums (Definition)

Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is the loss of gum volume due most commonly to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Other causes of gum recession include inherited genes, aggressive tooth brushing, tobacco and other drug use, as well as vitamin ...Read more


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Can gum recession caused by braces be fixed or healed without grafting?

Can gum recession caused by braces be fixed or healed without grafting?

Typically recession: Sometimes teeth can be moved to help slow down or stop recession, but there are rare instances that the gums will come back on there own. Read more

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Slight gum recession on lower incisiors. Will braces worsen or make it better?

Slight gum recession on lower incisiors. Will braces worsen or make it better?

Bone support: Lots of literature to demonstrate that placing teeth outside of proper bone support, or making them too procumbent or too protrusive, can result in unfavorable bone/gum support. Please talk to a qualified orthodomtic specialist about your concerns. Read more

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I have no cross bite. My front teeth make contact before my lower teeth when I bite. I have lower canine gum recession. Can braces fix this problem?

I have no cross bite. My front teeth make contact before my lower teeth when I bite. I have lower canine gum recession. Can braces fix this problem?

Possible: Your description of your bite a malocclusion which needs orthodontic care. There is a number of ways to treat malocclusion. I would get an orthodontic examination and consultation to determine your condition and a treatment plan to correct. You will then be able to decide when you can start fix your mouth. Read more

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Do braces cause your gums and cheeks to swell and hurt after a while?

Do braces cause your gums and cheeks to swell and hurt after a while?

Depends: If you are having a difficult time maintaining well, then, you could develop swelling due to gum line irritation, trapped food particles, plaque and tartar build up. It is very important that patients with braces, become meticulous maintainers. The use of electric toothbrush and irrigator (waterpik) are especially beneficial. Gumline problems and extensive decay can occur. Read more

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

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

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. Read more

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What could cause swollen receding gums?

What could cause swollen receding gums?

Bactrial infection: If the bacteria is not removed regularly it can penetrate under the gums and cause deep pockets, the bacteria will attack the bone and will cause bone infection and the gums loose their support, as the pockets get deeper, the infection can cause recession and swelling of the gums as well. It is important to have a good oral hugiene and pregular dental visits for gum and teeth maintenance. Read more

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Can brushing too hard cause receding gums?

Can brushing too hard cause receding gums?

Yes: It sure can. Try to use gentle circular motions rather than the back and forth sawing action. Read more

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Can receding gums that are caused by hard brushing repair themselves naturally and is a white line a sign that your gum receded?

Can receding gums that are caused by hard brushing repair themselves naturally and is a white line a sign that your gum receded?

See a dentist: Receding gums isn't a good sign and can't repair themselves. It is not only cosmetic problem; they can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and/or gum disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for receding gums, but there are some preventive and simple steps: soft brushing, reduce plaque buildup, night guard and most important visit your dentist 2X a year. Take care. Read more

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What are the causes of receding gums when no disease is present?

What are the causes of receding gums when no disease is present?

Other factors: Brushing too hard with your toothbrush; orthodontic movement; some studies suggest grinding your teeth can influence gum recession; and then there are some that have receeding gums and we don't know why. Read more

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What vitamin deficiency causes receding gums?

What vitamin deficiency causes receding gums?

Vitamin B12, C AND D: Vitamin cdeficiency is known to cause scurvy which can cause gum disese vitb12 deficiency is also known to cause periodontal disease and vitamin d deficiency is also commonly responsible for gum disease. Read more

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Could retainers cause gum recession?

Could retainers cause gum recession?

Yes: If i'll fitting...See orthodontist for adjustment. If treated with expansion when extraction was a better choice then recession may be a consequence. Overly vigorous brushing and coincidental gum disease may be cause. See a gum specialist, a periodontist. Read more

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I have noticed gum recession over the past year. Will invisalign cause recession?

I have noticed gum recession over the past year. Will invisalign cause recession?

Maybe: If you have noticed that your experiencing gum recession recently, seek an opinion from a periodontist before commencing with any tooth movement (clear aligners or braces). In active periodontal disease, tooth movement could exasserbate the periodonal condition. Read more

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Is it ok to change retainers 1 week after deep cleaning on my left side. Right side was clean 2 weeks prior. Would this cause gum recession?

Is it ok to change retainers 1 week after deep cleaning on my left side. Right side was clean 2 weeks prior. Would this cause gum recession?

Unrelated: Retainers are removable appliances that are worn when the braces are removed, to hold the teeth in their permanent position. A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line and not related to your retainers. Read more

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Can fillings in molars be high/painful - and cause gum recession - even if my bite has been checked with articulating paper?

Can fillings in molars be high/painful - and cause gum recession - even if my bite has been checked with articulating paper?

No, see Perio DDS: Because gum recession is a progressive condition. If the recession persists, a procedure known as a "gum graft surgery" may be performed by a periodontist. Read more

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Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

Gum Recession: Improper homecare can cause gum recession. A waterpik is a great adjunct to homecare if used properly. It is good for patients who have difficulty manipulating floss and those who have pocketing too. Aiming the waterpik straight into the area between the teeth not up into the gum and spending time flushing each area creates suction (venturi effect) pulling debris out that the brush cant reach. Read more

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Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

Waterpik: Waterpiks are used to treat gum infections. When infected, the gum tissue swells. When it's healthy, it shrinks. If the waterpik is used properly (have your dentist or hygienist demonstrate the proper techniques) it will not cause recession, though the healthy tissue will be lower than before. Read more

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Is itchiness caused by gum recession?

Is itchiness caused by gum recession?

No: Usually teeth- sensitivity is from gum recession. Itchiness in your mouth may be from some reaction of your body to food / spices/ herbs etc. Read more

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