Coping With Mouth Sores From Braces
Braces are essential for perfecting the alignment of your teeth. Without them, you won’t be able to achieve a perfectly straight smile. Though modern braces have come a long way in terms of comfort, there is still much to be desired in terms of comfort. For instance, the metal wiring in modern braces is significantly less, however, minor issues, such as canker sores are still prevalent.
In this blog, we will discuss some ways to get rid of canker sores and any other soreness you might be having with your braces. Though braces, at times, can be uncomfortable, they offer plenty of benefits for the wearer.
One of the best ways to help your mouth adjust to the braces is by placing dental wax over the braces themselves. This will protect your mouth from the metal and keep cuts from happening. And, if you have already cut your mouth, wax is an excellent way to give that section of your mouth “a break” and allows your gums to glide over the wax. Fortunately, the human mouth heals a lot faster than you would think, so a bit of wax can help save you time and allow your mouth to heal and less sensitive to your braces.
Also, dental wax isn’t just at your dentist’s office. You can easily purchase cases of dental wax at any major pharmaceutical store, such as Walgreens and CVS. This can be a great benefit to you, especially when you have an endless source of wax to use. It is important to note, however, that if you have braces and use wax, you will need to take all of the wax out of your mouth. Leaving wax stuck in your braces can be a nuisance and has the potential to damage your braces.
Salt Water Swishing
Salt water rinses are a great way to help sores or cuts in your mouth. And, luckily, it is a very simple solution to use. All you need for this rinse is a cup of lukewarm water and a pinch of salt. Be sure not to over salt your rinse, as too much salt can be a bad thing for your sores. The idea is that you want to create a saline solution, not salt with a bit of water in it. The saline solution will help the sores close up faster and numb the wounded area for a bit of time. However, once you start feeling pain again, you will want to rinse your mouth again for about a minute.
Purchasing over-the-counter drugs, such as Advil or Tylenol, can help limit the amount of oral pain you are feeling. Being able to access pain medication at your local drugs store, can help you control any pain you have and gives you access to pain relief anytime.
Your diet plays a big part in the pain intensity of your mouth sores. When you first get new braces or replace your wires every month, the sores will be at their worst. Because of this, you should eat soft or drinkable items first, before chowing down on something solid. When you open your mouth wide, you allow your gums to slide over the newly placed metal, which can cause cuts and sores. When you get new braces, be sure to eat something like a smoothie for the first day and work your way up from there.
Though braces can have negative aspects, the positive aspects outweigh them. As a teen, you may have to have braces, but once they are off, you can appreciate straight teeth for the rest of your life. So, if you are a “big picture” kind of person, and can see the extreme benefits braces have to offer, contact us today. We have staff ready to answer your call and any questions you might have.