Orthodontia, or braces, can greatly improve the appearance and function of the teeth and build your confidence. However, orthodontic appliances may also contribute to your gums growing over your braces, enlarged gums, or even gum recession.
The fact is, wearing braces can make cleaning or brushing your teeth more difficult. When you can’t clean your teeth thoroughly, bacteria can gather and irritate the gum tissue causing it to become inflamed and overgrown or swollen. This gum tissue growing over your braces makes it even more difficult to clean your teeth causing added irritation.