Swollen gums may be one of the many annoyances that come with braces, in addition to raw gums and headaches after an adjustment. The good news is there are ways to handle the problem without making it worse and in a relatively short period of time.
Here’s everything you need to know about managing swelling in the gums associated with braces.
Is Swollen Gums After Getting Braces Normal?
Yes. It is normal to experience swelling of the gums both after getting braces put on initially and after braces are tightened or adjusted.
Unfortunately, this can make it harder to take proper care of your teeth and gums, but it is important to continue flossing and brushing regularly or other problems can develop, including staining on the teeth, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Is It Normal to Have Swollen Gums After Braces Are Removed?
If swollen gums occur after braces have been removed, it is usually because they were swollen while the braces were still on. If this is the case, give it a few days and see if regular hygiene and care address the problem.
If swollen gums persist for weeks after braces are removed, check in with the orthodontist or your dentist to find the reason and get appropriate treatment.
Why Are My Gums Swollen With Braces?
In most cases, swollen gums occur with braces due to inflammation and agitation associated with adjusting to the appliances in the mouth.
However, if flossing and brushing do not occur regularly, gums may become swollen or puffy due to gum disease and other problems caused by a buildup of bacteria.
Additionally, other problems like gum disease, injury, or even a popcorn kernel stuck between the teeth can cause swollen gums. Make sure to talk to your orthodontist if this happens to you.
How Do I Manage Pain Associated With Swollen Gums?
It depends on the cause. If you are dealing with swollen gums after getting braces on or adjusted, some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful in making you more comfortable. If you manage other issues you might experience, like headaches or aching mouth, this can also reduce swelling.
If the cause is lack of proper tooth care, committing to a regimen of flossing, brushing, and using professional grade products can help you get it under control. If the problem is caused by gum disease, professional treatment will be needed.
Swollen Gums With Braces: How to Address It Fast
The best way to address swollen gums is to talk to your orthodontist about the problem. They will offer different options for tooth hygiene and follow up if the problem persists over time.
If you need treatment for swollen gums or any orthodontic issue, contact us at Dison Family Dentistry today to set up an appointment.