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How To Cope With Mouth Sores Caused By Braces

Posted on 20.01.2014 by perfectsmile

If you have to have your teeth straightened then often the only viable option is to have orthodontic braces fitted. Whilst many people will prefer to opt for clear braces which are made of lightweight, transparent plastic and will be all but invisible, there are some patients for whom this will not be an option. Your orthodontist will advise as to whether you could use such braces and the plain truth is that, in many cases, the choice may be as much financial as anything else.

The good news, if you do have to have orthodontic braces fitted, is that modern braces are much more lightweight, comfortable and less obtrusive than the equivalent used to be even a few years ago. Despite the best efforts of orthodontists around the world, however, and the huge leaps made in recent years, there’s still no getting away from the fact that you are having a metal device fitted into a part of your body which is made of soft, delicate tissue. Because of the nature of the braces and your mouth it’s possible, particularly as you are getting used to wearing them, that your braces may catch the skin of your cheeks and cause them to become sore and irritated. If this does happen then the permanent nature of a brace means that the sores are going to be getting rubbed and made worse constantly, which may lead to them becoming so painful that they interfere with your eating and speaking.

In most cases these sores will heal and become manageable within a couple of weeks, as the skin in your mouth becomes used to the foreign body and gets tougher, but in the meantime they may become so painful that you simply can’t just put up with them. Thankfully, there are a few steps that you can take to relieve them.

  • Salt Water Rinse – simply dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and use this to rinse your mouth several times a day. This will soothe the sores and accelerate the healing process.
  • Avoid Foods High In Acid – foods which contain a lot of acid will attack the sores in your mouth and make them even more painful. For this reason you should steer clear of the likes of citrus fruit and tomatoes.

There are also several over the counter treatments which can be purchased. These take the form of gels, rinses and waxes which help to heal the sores, place a barrier between the sores and your mouth or a combination of the two. If you’re suffering then don’t simply put up with it. Have a word with your orthodontist or dentist and they’ll be able to point you in the direction of the best treatment for your sores.

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