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Have you thought of getting braces, but aren’t sure how your oral health history will impact your ability to have them applied or their effectiveness? In our last two blogs, we talked about missing teeth and dental implants and how these may or may not affect your decision to get braces. Following that same trend, we’re going to talk about another periodontal issue: periodontal disease. Keep reading to learn more and contact your Top Rated Local® San Francisco Orthodontists at Camilo Riano Orthodontics if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis is a disease that is caused by bacteria buildup in any part of the supporting structures of your teeth. It’s generally accepted that bacteria in plaque are the main culprits for periodontal disease. The infection starts in your gums and will spread to other areas of your mouth like cementum, which covers the root of your tooth, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. If periodontal disease gets bad enough and is left untreated, the supporting structures of your teeth will become too weak to support them and eventually fall out. Although there are a number of things that can increase the rate at which you get periodontal disease and many things that make you more susceptible to it, practicing good oral hygiene is the main way to prevent it.

Warning signs

The ultimate warning sign of approaching periodontal disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums that may bleed or become swollen after brushing. Many people think that it’s normal for their gums to bleed a little after brushing, however, this should not be taken likely and is the first sign that there’s a problem. You should check your gums regularly to see if they are receding, swollen, or bleeding, especially right after you brush or floss. Speak with a periodontist immediately if you notice anything is off.

Periodontitis and braces

Like we talked about in our last blog, if you have experienced tooth loss, braces may still be an option depending on how many teeth you lost, for what reason, and if your teeth are under crowded or overcrowded. Generally, an orthodontist will advise that you completely clear up any signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease before getting braces or Invisalign depending on the severity. When you visit our orthodontists at Camilo Riano Orthodontics, we will perform an extensive analysis of your oral health history and help you make the best decision moving forward so that you can experience long-term oral health. We don’t want you to just have a quick fix to your issue, we want to keep you happy and healthy for many years to come and avoid the need for any serious medical treatment.

In order to clear up your gingivitis, you should speak with a dentist or periodontist and once it is gone, you can begin discussing options for braces. Once your gums are healthy, an orthodontist will help you decide whether braces, Invisalign, Incognito lingual braces, or clear braces are right for you. Orthodontists often recommend Invisalign for people who have recently had gum disease because it allows them to clean their teeth and gums more easily. Since Invisalign is removed while eating and brushing, it’s easier to clean them fully and there are no braces for food to get stuck in and you won’t need special dental equipment in order to clean between teeth.

Preventing Recurrence

Having properly aligned teeth will prevent the recurrence of gum disease and other periodontal diseases. Assuming you spend enough time brushing and flossing daily, you’ll have an easier time performing a thorough cleaning, especially in between the teeth. Teeth that are too crowded can easily spread infections from one tooth to another making them fall out quicker and making it more difficult to reverse the damage.

Braces aren’t just designed to make your teeth look better for pictures, they help you prevent cavities and periodontal disease that can lead to long-term health issues. If you’d like to learn more about which form of teeth realignment is right for you, speak with your orthodontist. He/she will provide you with a thorough examination and suggest the best course of action for your situation.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics  

Camilo Riano Orthodontics is your Top Rated Local® San Francisco Orthodontists. We want to help you eliminate the fear of going to the dentist by providing you with the most comforting and high-quality orthodontic care in the area. We are one of only two incognito providers in San Francisco but would be glad to provide you with any braces or Invisalign option that is best for your oral health and well being. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us, contact us today.