Whenever something appears to go wrong with your teeth, you want to find out what it is and get it fixed as soon as you can. Some problems are more urgent than others, and getting to a dentist as quickly as possible to fix those problems is the best course of action. Yet, it's not always clear what counts as a dental emergency when you're dealing with, say, something unexpected (like decay on a back tooth that you didn't realise had decay).
The orthodontic braces attached to your teeth are necessary to align your bite and to improve its functionality. They'll also improve the appearance of your teeth, and with this in mind, you might be tempted to multitask—to undergo other procedures that will benefit the look of your smile, such as teeth whitening. But is it even possible to whiten your teeth when you have braces?
Whitening at Home
At-home teeth whitening kits can be problematic with braces.
This article explores the topic of receding gums by answering some common questions. Read on to discover everything you need to know!
1. What are receding gums?
Receding gums, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is a condition in which the tissues that comprise the gums and bone supporting the teeth begin to recede. With this condition, there is bone loss around teeth, leading to their loosening and ultimately falling out.