When receiving orthodontia for straighter teeth, you may find swollen gums with braces come with the territory. You might even worry the swelling is more pronounced than you expected, and wonder when you'll find relief from the discomfort. But rest assured irritation or soreness when you first get braces is normal.
Nonetheless, swollen gums – particularly after a long period of no pain – can be a sign of other problems. Take a look at what can cause swollen gums when wearing corrective appliances, and how to care for it.