Why Minor Tooth Crowding Can Lead to Gingivitis: A case for Invisalign and Braces

Picture this. You are an excellent dental patient. You brush regularly, you try to floss, you attend your hygiene appointments on schedule, yet still, your Vitality dentist and hygienist present you with the dreaded news, “You have gingivitis, your gums are bleeding”. Why is that?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth. It can lead to bleeding gums, sensitivity and plaque accumulation. This is a reversible condition.

If this inflammation and breakdown continues, then your oral condition could progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a deeper breakdown of connective tissue and bone underneath the gums. It can progress to those “black triangles” you see in the mirror and loose teeth. Once you get to this stage, it is irreversible.

Research has shown that even minor crowding is more likely to collect plaque and develop gingivitis. If your teeth are slightly misaligned outside the arch, they are more likely to collect plaque and are known as ‘plaque traps” . The crowded position of the teeth makes it more difficult for you and your dental professional to properly clean your teeth.

More so, the crowding of your lower anterior teeth worsens with age as teeth naturally drift forward.

Dr. Singh suggests that aligning your teeth can aid with the prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

This can be accomplished by a product called Invisalign (clear and removable trays), traditional metal braces or ceramic braces.

Invisalign can be used to straighten teeth and move them into a more favorable position at the same time!

Please talk to your Vitality Dental professionals if you have questions about this treatment.