EXTRA GUM TISSUE

by Caitlin
(Dungloe co Donegal Ireland )

So I have braces and on my two front teeth half way between them is extra gum tissue how can I get rid of that I have had that for a couple of months now.

Reply:

Hi Caitlin, The over growth of gum tissue is a common side effect of orthodontic treatment. It does most often resolve after the braces are taken off.

In the meantime, you may be able to reduce the gum tissue by thoroughly keeping the area clean. A WaterPik flosser works great around orthodontic brackets as do floss threaders that allow you to floss under the arch wire.

It is not unusual for the gum tissue to stay somewhat enlarged until the braces come off. Rarely gum tissue may have to be removed with a laser after treatment is complete.

Most often it will recover on its own if you keep it clean.

Thanks for writing,
~Shelly

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