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Can I Get a Canker Sore From Braces?

Posted On: January 14, 2021

As the journey to achieving a healthy, beautiful smile begins – you may notice a few, small “bumps” or a canker sore, along the way. But no worries! This is completely normal when you are wearing braces for the first time.

What is a Canker Sore?

This is a small lesion which forms inside the mouth, cheeks, or lips at the base of the gums or 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 sore has formed, they appear as a round, white or grey bump.

Why Do Canker Sores Develop with Braces?

A few days after braces are placed on the teeth, you may notice slight discomfort. Your mouth needs an adjustment period to get use to the braces! For example, a canker sore may develop if you accidentally bite the inside of your cheek, or if a wire breaks and begins to poke the inside of your mouth or tongue. This irritation can result in a pesky canker sore.

How to Treat a Canker Sore with Braces

Although having a canker sore with new braces can be irritating, it’s important to continue practicing a good oral hygiene routine including regular brushing and flossing. To help soothe irritation, consider the following tips:

1) Salt Water Rinse

Put a pinch of salt in a cup of warm water and rinse several times a day. Repeat as needed to alleviate the discomfort.

2) Eat Soft, Bland Foods

Avoid salty, spicy, and acidic foods that will cause more irritation. Instead, try eating soft, bland foods for a day or two such as mashed potatoes or protein shakes.

3) Consider Over the Counter Medicine

Pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil can help relieve mild discomfort. You can also consider an over the counter topical treatment. Be sure to follow the recommended dosage on the package.

4) Wax

If any of your braces are poking out or causing pain, place a piece of wax over the top. Dental wax is available here at Freytag Orthodontics, but can also be found at pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.


Your Smile is Just the Start

At Freytag Orthodontics, we are committed to providing children and adults with the best orthodontic care through metal, clear and Invisalign braces.

If you are experiencing continual discomfort from a canker sore, or have other questions regarding your orthodontic treatment with our office, please give us a call at: 520-365-6703 or click here to visit our website.