My gums are growing over my braces, how can i fix this?

I went to the orthodontist two and a half weeks ago and discovered that my gums were so swollen that they couldn't pull the wire out. Turns out there was a popcorn kernel lodged into my gum and luckily, they were able to take it out. They told my to floss and rinse with salt water, however it's impossible for me to get under the wire with the floss because my gums are in the way. I've still been flossing all of my other teeth, though. My orthodontist said that if the swelling isn't down by my next appointment, which is next Tuesday, they would have to do laser surgery on my gums. Is there any way I can make the swelling go down without surgery?

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