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Have braces. Gum between front teeth getting squeezed and elongating

i have braces. prior to having them i had a gap. my teeth are closing as well as expected but through these last tightenings i have been noticing that the gum between my 2 front teeth are getting squeezed and it is elongating as well. i don t have an abnormal frenum that would need to be surgically removed but at the same time i don t see how this gap is going to close without the skin between my incisors being either clipped or pushed back.
Asked On : Fri, 28 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello there ,
Thanks for writing your query,
After reading your history i suspect there is entrapment of the gingival tissue that is incissive papillae in between your upper front teeth .
This might be overhanging as a tissue overgrowth on the palatal side of the teeth.
Nothing to worry about , consult a dentist and get the examination done , the gingival over growth can be excised surgically anf the gingiva can be reshaped.
After excision antibiotic and analgesic coverage is must to prevent infection of the site and to promote healing.
i hope this helps ,
take care.
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
i am glad you posted your query, i would like to inform you that gap between upper front two teeth is due to a thick frenum(muscle) which prevents the two teeth from coming in contact.
i have not checked you clinically ,therefore i will not be able to tell you if you need a surgical removal of the frenum or not, but as your orthodontist has not performed a frenectomy prior to your treatment,then its not needed.
But , as a normal healing process, frenum will take the desired shape and close the gap.
after completion of your orthodontic treatment, you will be given retainers to wear, which will keep your teeth in position.
i would advise you to talk to your dentist regarding frenectomy once.
But, if its not needed in your case, then do not worry, the frenum will take a normal shape gradually.
i hope i answered your query,
i wish you good health,
take care.
Answered: Mon, 1 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I read your problem & would like to tell you this is a normal feeling & its nothing to worry about.Although i have not gone through your complete history like what is your chief problem it crowding or gapping??
But still i would like to tell you that labial frenum attaches to center of upper lip & between the central incisors.It occupies lots of space & in orthodontic patients most of them get labial frenectomy done to cause closure of this front tooth gap.In your case your orthodontist has not got it removed ,might be because its not required.You needn't worry it will adapt accordingly.
You should maintain proper oral hygiene using orthodontic brushes because this time teeth require special care.

Take Care

Answered: Tue, 2 Oct 2012
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