Braces and Periodontal Disease

Braces help straighten our teeth over time, but they also have a tendency to make cleaning and maintenance difficult. If you have had braces, you know this to be true! Attempting to remove food or plaque can be a struggle.

Traditional braces require special tools and techniques to remove plaque and food debris. Leaving trapped plaque and bacteria in your mouth may not only put you at higher risk of developing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease, but it can also lead to overgrowth of the gums – something that may require surgical treatment to correct.

While you have braces or another orthodontic device, oral hygiene is critical. Ideally, you should plan on scheduling at least one or two professional hygiene visits per year to ensure that your teeth and gums are kept healthy.

If you are an adult and are considering orthodontic treatment – whether through braces or another orthodontic device – a thorough periodontal evaluation is necessary. Your gums and bone will need to be able to withstand such treatment, and this is where the expertise of a periodontist is required.

Do you need a thorough examination of your oral health? The experts here at Ward Periodontics will give you a full assessment of the health of your mouth, gums, teeth, and bones. Book your appointment with us today!