It is absolutely imperative that your gum condition is stabilized prior to any form of orthodontic treatment. This is because gum disease affects the foundation of your gum and bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. When there is gum disease present it can affect the integrity of this hold on the teeth perhaps even causing the teeth to become loose. Gum disease can affect a person’s mouth to varying degrees. We must establish the level of gum disease present before commencing any teeth straightening treatment and take measures to correct it.
All forms of Orthodontic treatment involve moving the teeth. When the foundation that holds teeth in place is already unstable then the additional forces of the orthodontic treatment that move the teeth can cause unpredictable movement in the tooth or teeth. This leads to unwanted tooth movement and unpredictable treatment outcomes. The forces applied in any form of orthodontic treatment may even exacerbate the gum disease and make it worse.
For this reason, a detailed gum assessment forms part of our Orthodontic Examination. We will highlight the condition of your teeth and gums in this evaluation and advise how best to proceed. Sometimes preliminary work is required to stablise the infection. We will incorporate this into your treatment plan so that we can create the best possible outcome for you.
Prevention of gum disease
The Invisalign aligner trays are specially constructed in a way that they sit above the gum line. This makes them healthier since they do not trap plaque over the gums. It is the product of choice for people with gum issues that are being maintained or managed.
If you are at risk of gum disease or if there is a need we will prescribe a home oral care regime that will help you to keep gum disease at bay. Also, we will advise a post-treatment plan so that we can monitor your teeth and gums to ensure that disease does not creep back. Many of our patients feel more secure and reassured when they are on this type of prevention program.
Please ask for more information if you are concerned about your teeth or gums in any way. We would be happy to help advise.
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