Posted on October 16, 2019
A few weeks into orthodontic treatment, you notice a tingling or burning sensation in your mouth. A few days later, canker sores appear. Fortunately, canker sores are not often a serious issue, but they sure can be annoying! These small ulcers can pop up in your mouth and on the inside of your lips and take days to heal. However, they are quite easy to prevent, especially once you understand what triggers them!
The unfortunate news is that braces can contribute to canker sores. This mainly happens in patients that are already prone to canker sores. They may experience an increase in sores because the mouth is adjusting to a big change when beginning orthodontic treatment. Braces can irritate oral tissue, which leaves it vulnerable to tiny lesions to form, such as canker sores.
Luckily, avoiding possible triggers and practicing good oral hygiene can help you to avoid or lessen the instances of canker sores.
Knowing what triggers canker sores for you makes them easier to avoid. If your braces are irritating your mouth, don’t hesitate to have the spots checked out and/or ask for more dental wax.
You can also modify your oral care routine to help eliminate instances of canker sores.
If your canker sores are still persisting, be sure to speak to schedule an appointment at Garcia Orthodontics to see if there is anything else we can do to help. Whether that be a clinical rinse or gel that can provide you with relief, your smile is our priority.