As the journey to achieving a healthy, beautiful smile begins – you may notice a few, small “bumps” or a canker sore or two, along the way. But no worries! This is completely normal when you are wearing braces for the first time.
Canker sores are small lesions which form inside the mouth, cheeks, or lips, at the base of the gums, and under the tongue.
Sometimes, individuals may experience the onset of a canker sore developing by feeling a burning or tingling sensation inside the mouth. Once a canker sores emerge, they appear as a round, white or grey sore.
A few days after braces are placed on the teeth, you may notice a slight discomfort. This is because the mouth needs an adjustment period to get use to the braces. For example, canker sores may develop if you accidentally bite the inside of your cheek or tongue, or if any wires break or become loose and rub again your cheeks or tongue.
While canker sores may cause irritation, it’s important to continue practicing a good oral health routine, including regular brushing and flossing. To help soothe irritation, consider these tips:
If you’re experiencing discomfort from canker sores, or if you’re concerned about your braces, contact our office.
Visit our orthodontic emergency page to learn more.Categories: Oral Health, Orthodontic Treatment
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