Braces & Oral Surgery
When considering braces or undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is important to make sure that your gums are healthy. We recommend that you have regular cleanings every 3-4 months especially because of the added difficulty maintaining your oral health by properly brushing and flossing.
When getting an orthodontic evaluation, your orthodontist may find:
- That your gums are too thin or the roots of your teeth are exposed for which you may need a gum graft prior or during braces.
- Canine teeth and other teeth are commonly impacted which means they will not be coming out through your gums by themselves for which a tooth exposure might be necessary.
- A gap between your front teeth might have been caused by the presence of a strong frenum attachment. If removed with a frenectomy the gap will close and have no relapse even after removing your appliances.
- When in need of extra anchorage for the movement of your teeth, your orthodontist might recommend that a small screw/anchorage device be placed.