It can be common to get canker sores in your mouth when you have traditional metal braces. Canker sores are small, painful ulcers that can develop on the inside of your cheeks and lips. They are not contagious, but can be very uncomfortable and make eating and speaking difficult.
Canker sores may be caused by braces because they can rub against the mouth, creating irritation or even cuts in the tissue. This can make the area vulnerable to infection, which can lead to the development of canker sores. Additionally, braces require extra cleaning, which may involve strong chemical solutions and brushing with a brush that is too hard. This can also irritate tissue in the mouth, leading to the formation of canker sores.
How Long Do Canker Sores From Braces Last?
If your braces are irritating the tissue inside your mouth, you may develop a canker sore in your mouth. Your canker sores should start to heal within a couple of weeks once the irritation has been addressed. However, if the irritation continues, it could take longer for the canker sores to completely go away.
How Can I Prevent Canker Sores From Braces?
To prevent canker sores from forming due to braces, you should take steps to reduce irritation and keep the area clean. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using a fluoride toothpaste. You should also use an antibacterial mouth rinse after eating or drinking sugary foods.
Many times, canker sores are caused by your lips getting caught in certain parts of your braces. If you notice that a certain part of your mouth gets canker sores more often than others, you can use orthodontic wax to smooth out the area that is snagging.
How to Get Rid of Canker Sores From Braces?
There are several over the counter medications that are designed to help with canker sore pain and healing. These include numbing agents like benzocaine, as well as antimicrobial or antiseptic mouthwashes that can reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Additionally, there are creams available that contain a mix of vitamins and minerals that may help speed up the healing process.
Alternative to Metal Braces
If you’re looking for an alternative to metal braces that doesn’t cause canker sores and other complications, consider Invisalign or clear braces. These types of braces are made from a transparent plastic material and fit over your teeth like a mouthguard, so they don’t rub against your gums or other tissue in the mouth. Additionally, Invisalign is removable and can be taken out for easy cleaning and eating.
Contact Lane and Associates!
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign treatment, contact Lane and Associates for a consultation. Our experienced orthodontists can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your oral health. We look forward to hearing from you soon!