Gum Disease and Your Braces

preventing gum disease with bracesBraces are a fantastic technique for straightening misaligned teeth, but without diligent care on your part, you could be at risk for gum disease during your treatment. Adding wires and brackets to your mouth increases places for bacteria to cling. If left unchecked, these bacteria can accumulate under your gum line, creating plaque, and causing inflammation of your gum tissue. Orthodontic treatment requires healthy gum and bone tissue to accommodate the movement of your teeth, so it is imperative to maintain proper oral hygiene.

Possible Complications

It is common for orthodontic patients to develop mild gingivitis during their treatment; however, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more serious conditions, possibly compromising the treatment. When bacteria and plaque are not consistently removed from under the gums, periodontal pockets can form allowing bacteria and toxins to erode connective tissue, causing gum recession and possibly tooth loss. If the infection reaches your jaw bone, you may need bone grafts and other extensive restorations to repair the damage.


It is more difficult to clean between your teeth when you have braces, but it may be the most important thing you do during your treatment. By practicing excellent oral hygiene, you can actually reduce the amount of time your orthodontic treatment takes. Flossing with braces can be tedious, but it is well worth the effort. Nothing, not even brushing, can replace daily flossing. Removing plaque buildup with floss is vital in preventing gum disease and promoting a healthy environment for your teeth to move to their new positions. There are special floss threaders for braces available to make the task a bit easier; and you should always use waxed floss, as non-waxed will tend to break apart while rubbing on the metal of your braces.

About Your Fort Worth Orthodontist:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your orthodontic options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.