Can braces cause gum recession?

Gum recession is a common dental problem and can be easily ignored in its initial stages. Gum recession is a condition where the margins of the gums surrounding your tooth pull away or recede, exposing the surface of the tooth’s roots. It can lead to tooth sensitivity making consumption of hot or cold foods and liquids almost intolerable. Gum recession can also lead to the formation of gum pockets by creating a gap between your gum line and the tooth. This becomes an ideal area for more plaque deposition, progressing gum diseases, and is also challenging to clean. 

Orthodontic treatments move your tooth by applying pulling and pushing forces on them. Orthodontic treatments align your teeth to give you a beautiful and healthy smile and keep you away from dental diseases. However, if you do not maintain proper oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment phase, it can lead to gum diseases. 

Braces or any orthodontic treatment modality push and pull on the teeth to bring them to their desired location. This affects the jawbone in that area as well. The jawbone undergoes continuous remodeling by the process of bone resorption and bone regeneration. This is when you are most susceptible to gum diseases and require optimum gum care, says Dr.Sanz, a board-certified periodontist at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants. 

If appropriate oral hygiene combined with proper care by a skilled gum specialist is not received during orthodontic treatment, it can cause gum diseases, leading to gum recessions. Patients who ignore their gum health while receiving orthodontic treatment tend to suffer from severe gum diseases and risk losing their teeth. 

Owing to this, Dr. Sanz, a gum specialist in Delaware, recommends and stresses considerably on the importance of regular periodontal checkups to assure that your teeth and gums are healthy and ready for your new smile. 


Your orthodontist, as well as your periodontist in Wilmington, will instruct you on proper oral care when you get your braces. It is of the essence that you follow their advice diligently. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush making sure that you are getting rid of any food particle stuck between your braces without disturbing the wires of your braces. Use floss and mouthwash to get rid of all or any debris in your mouth and prevent plaque accumulation.

Apart from this, it is also significant that you schedule regular checkups with our periodontist at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants to secure the status of your gum health. 

Dr. Sanz will carry out a thorough deep cleaning to remove the plaque if gum diseases have already set in. This will allow your gums to heal, and your orthodontic treatment can continue as planned. Orthodontists also recommend a thorough periodontal checkup before they put on braces. This is done to ensure that you are free of any gum diseases and your treatment is a success.

Orthodontic treatments are vital for your health, and scheduling regular checkups with us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants will guarantee that it continues to be so. If you would like to schedule an appointment or know more about our services, please contact us, and we will be there to assist you on your journey to better oral health.

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