Soft tissue around the teeth, also known as the gums.


The mildest form of gum disease (periodontal disease), resulting from poor dental hygiene, plaque buildup, and inflammation of the gums. The most common symptoms are red and/or swollen gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss. The effects of gingivitis can be reversed with professional treatment and good dental care at home. Periodontitis may develop if left untreated.

Growth Modification

The use of braces or appliances to assist in the modification and correction of the growth of the jaws and teeth.

Gum Disease

A term used to describe periodontitis. A chronic infection of the gums caused by plaque buildup. It is also known as periodontal disease. Leaving gum disease untreated can result in tooth loss. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment should brush their teeth after meals/snacks and before going to bed, and floss at least once a day. Gum disease can be classified into three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease is often overlooked since there is little or no discomfort associated with it.

Gummy Smile

When smiling, an excessive amount of gingival (gum) tissue is visible above the front teeth.