Receded gums and crooked teeth: Does this happen?

May 30th, 2020 Andrew Chang

Signs of receded gums include teeth of different heights, where the gums on one or several teeth are higher that the tooth next to this. Several teeth can also be affected. This is a problem as the protective gums are meant to shield & support your teeth. Receded gums are a sign that this support structure is compromised.

When this support structure is weakened, looseness of the tooth/ teeth results. 

Many of you may be aware that using a medium or hard bristled toothbrush or using charcoal or whitening toothpastes can irritate this receded gums. It is less commonly known that crowded teeth are also a cause. Some examples are:

  1. Front teeth deep bites or large overbites cause receded gums on the outsides of the lower front teeth or insides of the upper front teeth. This type of hidden receded gums is more problematic as it is not easy to see, and many people are not aware of this, until there is a moderate to severe amount of receded gums. This makes it more difficult to fix then. 
  2. Crooked teeth often leads to one or several teeth place much higher or lower, inside or outside compared to the adjacent teeth. This leads to increased difficulty in cleaning, with food build-ups around the gums of these teeth, which is another cause of receded gums. 

Fortunately, straightening teeth, positions them into healthier positions, as well as confidence benefits from having straight teeth. Prevention of receded gums is better than the unknown outcomes that arise when treating receded gums, so see your orthodontist to discuss starting orthodontic treatment soon :)